"God made him simple. Science made him god."
Jobe Smith (Jeff Fahey) is an adult with the mental capacity of a six-year-old child whose uncanny gardening skills have earned him the nickname, "The Lawnmower Man". Though his mental deficiency has made him the target of local bullies, his innocence and gentle manner has earned him many friends.
Jobe's life changes forever one day when he encounters the brilliant scientist, Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan), who hopes to help Jobe attain advanced intelligence through virtual reality and a new drug that he has developed.
The results are rapid, astonishing and before long Jobe's mutant powers have transformed him from his former sweet self into a hate-filled monster, with an insatiable appetite for world domination. Jobe's reign of terror has just begun.
"In 1992, The Lawnmower Man was hailed as a CGI (computer-generated image) breakthrough. It's fascinating to consider it in a historical context, knowing it came just a year after Terminator 2: Judgment Day and was followed by Jurassic Park a year later. Written and directed by Brett Leonard, The Lawnmower Man focuses on a scientist (Pierce Brosnan) trying to utilize technology for governmental gain. As with all top-secret government projects in the movies, it goes horribly wrong. Forced to progress from a chimp to a human subject, Brosnan secretly recruits local backwards boy and lawnmower pusher Jobe (Jeff Fahey). The increases in intelligence are alarming. He learns Latin in two hours, becomes an object of sexual desire (apparently all it takes is cowboy boots), and then develops telepathic and telekinetic abilities. What the film ought to be remembered and appreciated for are the visuals, which undoubtedly advanced the arcade and home computer game industry."--Paul Tonks
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.78 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
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