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Terminal Man, The
(1974)
Reviewed by John Weber
Rating: 4 Beans

elieve it or not, every movie based on a Michael Crichton novel isnít a smash.

For every "Jurassic Park," thereís a "Sphere." For every "Andromeda Strain," thereís a "Terminal Man." Can't hit the bulls-eye every time, right, Mikey?

George Segal ("Just Shoot Me") is a tecnophobic computer scientist (!) who is very wary of machines. Ironically, or idiotically, George volunteers to accept a set of electrodes implanted into his brain to control a problem he's been having with increasingly violent seizures.

Of course, the experiment goes quite awry as the computers in his head make him more violent. Now poor George is a killing machine loose on the steets of L-A. Whoops!

Kinda slow moving with bursts of violence, "The Terminal Man" co-stars Richard A. Dysart ("L.A. Law") and Joan Hackett as doctors, as well as Jill Clayburgh and James B. Sikking ("Hill Street Blues"). All kinda wasted.

By the way, Michael Crichton did NOT do the screenplay for this film Ė director Mike Hodges did. Maybe thatís why the ending of the movie is drastically different from the book. Maybe thatís why precious few, even the legion of Crichton fans, saw this in theaters.

Maybe that's why you should pick up a good book instead of watching "The Terminal Man."

Perhaps even one by Michael Crichton...






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