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“The Terminal Man” Review

The Terminal Man: Directed by Mike Hodges. With George Segal, Joan Hackett, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat. Hoping to cure his violent seizures, a man agrees to a series of experimental microcomputers inserted into his brain but inadvertently discovers that violence now triggers a pleasurable response to his brain.

The concept here is a great one but the implementation is more “talk about the cool stuff” instead of letting the cool stuff happen on screen. I actually had to time one of the scenes, when they’re implanting a chip into the guy’s head because I thought it had looped somehow, but no, it really was a 20 minute breathless scene of them trying to implant wires into his brain to try to control his uncontrollable fits of rage. Turns out though that the wires didn’t do their job all that well and he escapes captivity to kill again, just not in any kind of fantastical way or anything that uses the computer chip, he just wanders around the city and kills a few people with pedestrian methods like knives and guns. I honestly thought this was going be some kind of US-1 / Headmasters thing where he could end up controlling technology with the chip, but that wasn’t the aim at all.

Instead this is more of a commentary on men’s meddling with things that he shouldn’t and how technology has overreached it’s limits.

Buy On Amazon!

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