Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Hardwired Movie Review

After a near-death accident, Luke Gibson (Cuba Gooding Jr., Rat Race, What Dreams May Come) has a chip implanted in his head by a company, headed by Virgil (Val Kilmer, Tombstone, The Doors), that is now able to track his every move. This science fiction film based in the future is terribly boring. The special effects are really cheap, the story drags along, the dialogue is bad, and the acting is sub-par considering who is in the film. There is really nothing new in this story at all--it seems to simply borrow from a lot of much better sci-fi films from the past. Gooding, who is a phenomenal actor, simply phones this one in. Kilmer, in a more limited role, seems bored. It really is a shame to see two such talented actors involved in this sort of film. Everybody’s favorite Jack Nicholson doppelganger Michael Ironside (Scanners, Total Recall), who is a talented actor known for being in bad movies, turns in the best performance as the leader of a small group trying to help Gibson. One of the few enjoyable things about this movie is seeing company logos on landmarks throughout the world. That was sort of interesting, as is seeing Tatiana Maslany of Ginger Snaps 2 in a role where she looks so much different than she did in that film.

Ghost? Is that you?

Oddly, amongst a cast that included three really good actors, Maslany probably turns in the best performance here. I really can’t think of a good reason to recommend this movie. I can’t even recommend it to fans of these actors (as I am) because their performances are so far below what they have done before. Just do yourself a favor and skip this movie entirely.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 4

Hardwired Movie Trailer

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