The Lawnmower Man (1992) is an American action science fiction horror movie from the early 1990’s. Director Brett Leonard (Virtuosity (1995), Hideaway (1995), The Dead Pit (1989)) did an okay job with this thriller movie. It was entertaining but is not something that I will see again, even if I have nothing else to watch. The movie contains sexual scenes with nudity, violence, frightening scenes for younger viewers, bad language, suspense and some drug use.
Dr. Lawrence Angelo (Pierce Brosnan - Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Die Another Day (2002), The World Is Not Enough (1999)) is a scientist that experiments on chimpanzees to increase their intelligence by using drugs on them and virtual reality. A chimpanzee escaped from the lab, Virtual Space Industries where Dr. Lawrence worked at. Jobe Smith (Jeff Fahey - Planet Terror (2007), Machete (2010), One Life to Live (1968)) has a disability and is a local gardener who lives in a garden shed that is owned by Father Francis McKeen (Jeremy Slate - True Grit (1969), Guiding Light (1952), One Life to Live (1968)). Father Francis’s brother Terry Mckeen (Geoffrey Lewis - The Devil’s Rejects (2005), Double Impact (1991), Maverick (1994)) hires Jobe to help him with his job as a landscape gardener. Jobe had to finish all of his chores, or Father Francis would punish him with a belt. Dr. Lawrence Angelo realized that he needed a human to run test on and decides to experiment on Jobe. Dr. Lawrence spots Jobe mowing his lawn one day and invites him and his friend over to his house to play virtual reality games. Dr. Lawrence convinces Jobe to do the experiments by telling him that it will make him smarter. Jobe becomes so smart that he learns Latin within two hours, develops telepathic abilities, and started a relationship with Marnie (Jenny Wright - Pink Floyd The Wall (1982), I, Madman (1989), Near Dark (1987)) who is a wealthy widow. He soon began hallucinating.
Sebastian Timms (Mark Bringelson - Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Dead Man (1995), Soldier (1998)) is the project director and he secretly switches Dr. Lawrence medications with Project 5 which will introduce aggression factors in the treatment being done to Jobe. Jobe began experiencing telekinetic and pyrokinetic powers and wants to show Marnie a good time by being virtually intimate with her at the lab. Marnie becomes insane after something happened to Jobe’s virtual avatar which attacked Marnie mind directly. Jobe is out for revenge on all those who had taken advantage of him and treated him wrong when he had his disability. He repeatedly mowed Jake’s brain that resulted in his death and set Father Francis on fire that killed him also. He invented a lawn mower that runs down Peter’s abusive father, Harold. Jobe then used his new abilities to make the police report everything that is happening as an accident.
There is more to this movie - watch it if you would like to know what happens next. Will Dr. Lawrence do anything about Jobe’s new-profound abilities? Will Jobe kill any more people? It was a nice watch, but it did not make it on my list to watch again or to show friends and guests. There was way too many plot holes/inconsistency in the story. I heard the director’s cut is way better and is 2 ½ hours long instead of the theatre release version which is 108 minutes.
About The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Starring: Dean Norris, Jeff Fahey, Troy Evans, Michael Gregory, Pierce Brosnan, Geoffrey Lewis, Frank Collison, Jenny Wright, Mara Duronslet, Doug Hutchison, John Laughlin, Randall Fontana, Denney Pierce, Jim Landis, Austin O'Brien, Joe Hart, Roger Rook, Craig Benton, Duane Byrne, Mark Bringelson, Darrell Mapson, Jeremy Slate, Colleen Coffey, Rosalee Mayeux, Ray Lykins, Michael Valverde, Dale Raoul, John Smart, Stephen Gregory Foster
Director: Brett Leonard