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The Terminal Man Reviews

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April 26, 2017
This shit is BAD! :D homey flipped out!
January 22, 2017
Okay bit of science fiction from writer Michael Crichton and director/screenwriter Mike Hodges. The story follows George Segal as a man who suffers epileptic blackouts and remember nothing afterwards To cure his condition, he tries an experimental surgery than implants microcomputers in her brain, but that leads to paranoia regarding mind control and a descent into madness. The film and story certainly had potential, but Hodges stark and austere approach to the characters, story, and visuals, has the effect of distancing the audience from the characters. Compared to something like "Repulsion" or "Rosemary's Baby," where the audience descends into uncomfortable madness right along with the character, this film film instead has a clinical distance from it's characters and the film suffers for it. Still, it's an interesting idea and Hodges direction is visually striking (it reminded me a lot of George Lucas' "THX 1138"), which makes this film worth checking out for fans of 1970s sci-fi. Hackett, Richard Dysart, Donald Moffat, Jill Clayburgh, Matt Clark, and Victor Argo (briefly as an overly) also appear in the film. And an interesting side note, even if I don't really agree with it, this film was a favorite of Stanley Kubrick.
September 2, 2016
I never knew this was a movie i love the book y not see the movie.
½ April 1, 2013
This is an intense 70's thriller done right. Bleak and freaky, it's also really well shot and the use sound and soundtrack is exceptional.
½ December 27, 2012
Enjoyed the basic idea for the film but found its execution FAR too cumbersome--Time capsule of 70s science!!
March 10, 2012
Interesting premise seems far more believable today: computer scientist Harry Benson (George Segal) has been suffering from longer and increasingly violent seizures, so he agrees to have a microcomputer surgically implanted in his brain, monitoring its activity and stopping the episodes with electrical stimulation. Unfortunately, Harry becomes addicted to the stimulation and his brain responds with more seizures until the system is overloaded. There's an additional element: Harry is paranoid of technology and its increasing domination over humanity. It's not clear what this adds to the mix, nor is it all that clear what humanity Harry has to lose in the first place - we seldom see much guilt or fear from him during the proceedings. Director Hodges tells the story as coldly as possible, so what appears to be a screed against technological interference in the mind ultimately had me sympathizing more with the doctors.
Super Reviewer
½ December 28, 2009
Based on a novel by Michael Crichton. If "The Terminal Man" has one fault, it is the general slowness of the plot. Even though the audience is paid in full for their patience, 2-3 minutes could have been edited out. That may not sound like much, but in a generally precise film such as this one, any more would be disastrous. The high point of this film is the style of talented director Mike Hodges. There is a scene about 2/3rds through the picture where a blood drips off the edge of a bed and flows across the floor through cracks in the tile. Those shots, and the murder proceeding it, are masterfully filmed. Early on in the film, he sustains the plot build-up with a series of innovative sequences that look great even thirty years later.

George Segal gives a really superb performance as a man who is basically made into a guinea big. He does an excellent job, and still retains the charm that served him well, even when the films surrounding him were less than perfect.
December 21, 2009
I never knew this was a movie i love the book y not see the movie.
Super Reviewer
½ October 10, 2009
A mental patient has an electronic device installed in his brain to curb his increasingly violent impulses. But will it workz?
May 26, 2009
Another oddity in the peculiar Get Carter and Flash Gordon-encompassing career of Mike Hodges, here helming a faithful (read slow!) adaptation of a Michael Crichton medical sci-fi thriller. Hodges does such a great job of visually expressing the theme of depersonalisation and dehumanisation that the end result is strangely sterile and uninvolving.
Super Reviewer
October 23, 2008
Not as good as the book, but does have a few moments here and there.
½ April 17, 2008
awful pointless dumb slow
October 20, 2007
i really like these early chrichton screenplays & the way he manages to extract tension from laborious scientific processes.
August 29, 2007
I've heard of this one...
August 28, 2007
Underrated classic by Get Carter director Mike Hodges.

Deserve to get a tidy DVD release.
½ July 14, 2007
Very cool concept that deals with the dangers of mind control, human experimentation, and how man and machine are slowly becoming the same. Crichton goes into the science a lot, explaining how this could be possible; but not everyone wants to sit through a ten minute neurosurgery scene.
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