Lawnmower Man, The

Jeff Fahey, the journyman actor from such b-movies as Body Parts and Darkman III: Die Darkman, Die!, brings us the classic, heartwarming tale of Jobe, a developmentally disabled man who is made into a super-genius by the finest computer graphics of the early nineties.

Co-starring Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Lawrence Angelo, the one doctor who never read Frankenstein or anything by Michael Crichton. In fact, the good doctor also haven't read anything by Stephen King, or he'd know that any money that comes from King's trademark shady government organization called "The Shop", and is going towards something that probably involves turning kittens into deadly killing machines...or some equivalent.

In about a month Jobe goes from down syndrome landscaper who uses the scariest lawnmower on the East Coast, to a blond-haired muscular version of Tetsuo from Akira. Seriously, he evens kills people with the mind scream. In no time at all he's mowing lawns with telekinesis, sleeping with the town husssy, and telling the priest he lives with to stop beating him.

Before long, Jobe reveals his powers to the good doctor by levitating a chair. Naturally, The Shop wants to get some of that as fast as they can, so they bring him to D.C. so he can freak out in front of the Secretary of Shady Government Weapons Projects. This all leads to Jobe loading up on "neurotropic" drugs and trying to find the cheat code for god mode in real life.

The  movie goes round and round like this for some time, and eventually Jobe exacts horrible-special-effect-assisted vengeance on everyone who was cruel to him when he was stupid. Even his friends' abusive father with that eeeeevileTM lawnmower.

That's generally the way King movies go. Everything is creepy and strange, until one night it all goes berserk. In this case, it's got really a really great 80's symphonic score, sets so mundane they might as well have been in a sitcom, and Fahey triumphing over all.

You can certainly cavalcade this a number of ways. A theme like "Virtual Reality" could partner this with the likes of Arcade and Virtuosity.

It should be noted that this movie has absolutely nothing to do with the Stephen King short story it's "adapted" from. King actually successfully sued the producers to get his name taken out of the title.-The Management

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