Set in the year 2020, Hardware envisioned the world as a radioactive wasteland where nomads spent their days scavenging for scrap in a blasted landscape. That’s how former soldier Moses Baxter (Dylan McDermott) came into possession of some spare android parts, which he gifted to his artist girlfriend, Jill (Stacey Travis). Jill planned to put them in a sculpture, but unbeknownst to them, those pieces were from a kind of android that was capable of reassembling itself and was programmed to kill.
Apparently, the real world is not a radioactive wasteland quite yet. And though a number of technologically advanced countries have already invented some AI robots, none of those can reassemble themselves like the one depicted in the Richard Stanley-directed movie.