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Death Machine (1994)

Written and directed by Stephen Norrington, Death Machine takes place in an excessively violent 2003 where megacorporation Chaank Armament is the world’s leading manufacturer of cutting-edge weapons and military hardware.

Unfortunately Chaank Armament  has a cybernetically-enhanced supersoldier codenamed Hard Man who malfunctions and massacres the patrons of a roadside diner. Hard Man is deactivated by Chaank security operatives led by John Carpenter (William Hootkins). Public outcry ensues following the incident, the majority of it directed at the company’s new Chief Executive Hayden Cale (Ely Pouget).

Chairman of the Board Scott Ridley (Richard Brake), fearful of the potential termination of Chaank’s contracts due to the bad publicity, tries to cover up the incident and the numerous issues with Hard Man project itself.

Cale demands immediate and full public disclosure, having purposely leaked a number of Chaank documents to the press in defiance of Ridley’s attempts to suppress knowledge about the company’s shadier activities. She also demands that Jack Dante (Brad Dourif), Chaank’s crazy mad scientist weapons’ designer and the developer of Project Hard Man, be fired.

Despite Carpenter’s acknowledgement of the project’s numerous fatal flaws, the board ignores Cale’s requests, no one seeming to care about her interests except for Dante himself.

Cale is warned by a junior executive about Dante’s unstable behavior and about Nicholson, the former’s late predecessor. Cale goes to confront Dante, demanding to know about Dante’s secret project in Vault 10, for which he never submits progress reports…

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