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It Lacks Qualcast Quality.
The Lawnmower Man is directed by Brett Leonard who also co-writes the screenplay with Gimel Everett. It stars Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Fahey, Jenny Wright, Geoffrey Lewis, Jeremy Slate and Dean Norris. Music is by Dan Wyman and cinematography by Russell Carpenter.
Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Brosnan) is a big mover in the science of virtual reality. When he tries his new technology on mentally challenged gardener Jobe Smith (Fahey), it elevates him to a higher intelligence and it’s not long before Jobe acquires scary new powers…
Originally meant to be, and titled as, Stephen King’s Lawnmower Man, the film eventually, after a King lawsuit, ended up bearing very little resemblance to the author’s short story. There’s a couple of small ligaments that link the two, but in the main (not Maine) this Lawnmower Man is its own entity and an obvious attempt to cash in on the then virtual reality zeitgeist.
Lawnmower Man has a cult fan base, of that there is no doubt, where much like Tron from 10 years earlier, the effects work and the capturing of something very much being “in” with the youth of the time, has proved perpetually appealing to nostalgists. But strip away these and you have your basic Frankenstein story for the 90s, a pretty standard story lacking intelligent smarts or deep thematic points of worth. And then of course there is the bizarre fact of having a film decrying the advancement of computer technology, by using computer technology to make the film’s strongest moments! Hee. It’s only adequately performed by the cast, and Leonard’s direction matches his writing, which is mundane when not about the visual effects; effects work that dated very quickly as it happened.
Other cuts and sequels would follow, the former didn’t improve the same basic problems of the theatrical cut, the latter releases proved to be laughably bad. The Lawnmower Man, an interesting movie in the context of its time, and certainly fun enough for those who were there cloaked in a visually inspired warm glow, but it has not been a must see film for anyone else since 1995. 4/10
Ahead of its time. Unfortunately, the technology it uses was not.
Final rating:★★½ – Had a lot that appealed to me, didn’t quite work as a whole.
Not an absolute masterpiece, but well worth the rental
I got ‘The Lawnmower Man’ as part of one of those ‘Buy a pizza and get a free movie’ deals, and I put off watching it. And put it off more. And more, until finally I had nothing else to do, so I popped it in the VCR and sat back. Two and half hours later (It was the director’s cut- don’t see the normal version as it is not nearly as good) it instantly became one of my favorite movies, so I rewound it and watched it again.
To date I have seen it four of five times, as it has problems, it’s not very fast paced, but is terribly engaging and Fahey is superb in the lead. The writing isn’t great, but is passable, and the computer effects, though far from the center of the story, are excellent.
If you haven’t seen it yet, or have only seen the normal version, it is well worth the rental, or even purchase.
Intriguing ideas, even for today
Many here have commented about being deterred by the film’s dated CGI and “mundane story-line.” To the contrary, I was quite intrigued by the film’s premise and was excited by the film’s early and revolutionary use of computer graphics within the still-novel concept of virtual reality.
The film’s plot is essentially that of Frankenstein’s with the concept of virtual reality sewn in. Seeing this film for the first time just recently, I was shocked at some of the ideas introduced in this film (not even considering virtual reality): the evolutionary relationship amongst humans and computers, the ethical dilemmas and consequences involved with the immediate acceptance of technology into the mainstream, the digitization of consciousness as a possible segue into immortality/domination… I don’t think it’s too far fetched to mention that some of the ideas presented here resonate with those of Ray Kurzweil and other futurists and computer theorists. Forget 1992, even today this is some really groundbreaking stuff.
The effects depicting the VR technology in this movie, while of course dated, are also fascinating to watch. Perhaps I’m biased since I’m very interested in the evolution of special and digital effects throughout film history, but watching the often surreal CGI abstractions left me amazed considering this stuff came out twenty-five years ago. There is something truly artistic about the free-form CGI in this piece, not at all bounded by the photorealism that all CGI produced today seems to strive for, that makes it extremely exciting and perhaps even enlightening to watch.
Does the movie present these ideas perfectly? Well, no. Towards the end of the film I thought the movie spun out of control to put it simply, and there was a romance that was little rushed,, but to me those are very minor complaints compared to what else the film DOES give us, in terms of groundbreaking ideas, pioneering and truly mind-warping visual effects, a novel yet traditional story-line, some heartfelt performances, and entertaining scenes. Perhaps this film was misunderstood in the pre-Internet days of 1992, but watching it again today it’s clear that this film really sought to grapple with some pretty novel and complex ideas that most studio productions wouldn’t dare touch today. And for that, I really admire this film.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 48 min (108 min), 2 hr 20 min (140 min) (director’s cut) (USA)
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi
Director Brett Leonard
Writer Stephen King (title only), Brett Leonard (screenplay), Gimel Everett (screenplay)
Actors Jeff Fahey, Pierce Brosnan, Jenny Wright, Mark Bringelson
Country UK, USA, Japan
Awards 3 nominations.
Production Company Allied Vision
Sound Mix Dolby SR
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
Laboratory DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm