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Hardwired (film)

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Directed byErnie Barbarash
Produced byChristine Haebler
Kirk Shaw
Written byMike Hurst
Music bySchaun Tozer
CinematographyStephen Jackson
Edited byGordon Williams
Distributed bySony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release date
  • November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$5 million[citation needed]

Hardwired is a 2009 American science fiction action film directed by Ernie Barbarash, written by Mike Hurst, and starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Val Kilmer. The film was released on direct-to-DVD in the United States on November 3, 2009.[1]


In the not-too-distant future where corporations control nearly every aspect of human life, a man named Luke Gibson is involved in a car accident that claims the life of his wife and their unborn child. Luke has severe brain damage, but Hope Corporation agrees to implant a chip into his brain to save his life. He discovers that this chip also constantly sends advertisements until either the person obtains the product, or they go insane. While trying to figure out why they did this to him and who he is, he finds out that the chip is a test product with a fail-safe that could kill him. He succumbs to the effects but the Corporation fears that their test might be discovered, and they decide to activate the fail-safe. Just before it goes off, a group of underground hackers led by Hal and "Keyboard" hack into the chip and save his life. After using the chip to guide him away from Hope Corp. pursuers, they agree to try to help him remember who he is in exchange for assisting in their fight against Hope Corp. They show him that his accident was no accident but actually planned by Hope Corp. so they could use him as a test subject. He agrees to help but is captured during the attempt and taken to a facility controlled by Hope Corp. Luke, with the help of Punk Red and Punk Blue, manages to fight his way to the leader of the project, Virgil Kirkhill. Virgil is killed after a short confrontation, and Luke escapes. He meets up with "Red" and "Blue" (the only remaining members of the underground group). Together they vow to continue the fight until Hope Corporation is destroyed.



Ironside was originally offered Kilmer's role, Virgil Kirkhill, but he declined, as he wanted to stretch his acting beyond playing imposing antagonists. Ironside said that he was originally drawn to the script based on the Matrix-style themes.[2]


David Nusair of ReelFilm panned the film, stating, "Hardwired inevitably establishes itself as just another sloppy, run-of-the-mill direct-to-video actioner – with Cuba Gooding Jr's presence in the central role ultimately more sad than anything else."[3] Scifi Movie Page also negatively reviewed the movie, writing that "Hardwired is cheesy, seriously cheesy."[4] Steve Power of DVD Verdict wrote, "Amazingly, Hardwired isn't completely terrible."[5]


  1. ^ Woodward, Tom. "Hardwired (US - DVD R1)". Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  2. ^ Harris, Will (2009-11-06). "A Chat with Michael Ironside". Retrieved 2014-09-27.
  3. ^ Five Thrillers from Sony, ReelFilm
  4. ^ Hardwired (2009), Scifi Movie Page
  5. ^ Power, Steve (2009-11-03). "Hardwired". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2014-09-27.

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