Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (also known as Lawnmower Man 2: Jobe's War) is a 1996 science fiction adventure film written and directed by Farhad Mann, and the sequel to 1992's The Lawnmower Man. It starred Matt Frewer, Patrick Bergin, Austin O'Brien, Ely Pouget and Kevin Conway.
The founder of virtual reality, Dr. Benjamin Trace, has lost a legal battle to secure a patent on the most powerful worldwide communications chip ever invented. Touted as the one operating system to control all others, in the wrong hands, the "Chiron Chip" has the potential to dominate a society dependent on computers.
When corporate tycoon and virtual reality entrepreneur Jonathan Walker takes over development of the Chiron Chip, he and his team discover Jobe Smith barely alive after the destruction of Virtual Space Industries. After having his face reconstructed and his legs amputated, they hook him up to their database to have him help them perfect the Chiron Chip.
Six years later, a now 16-year-old Peter Parkette is a computer hacker and lives in the subways of Los Angeles with his girlfriend and two other friends. While hooked into cyberspace, Jobe reconnects with Peter and asks him to find Dr. Trace for him. Peter locates Trace living out in a desert and brings him to his hideout to speak with Jobe. Online, Jobe shows Trace his newly constructed cyber world and asks for info on Egypt, a hidden Nano routine in the chip's design. Trace refuses to tell him, noting Jobe to be insane and that he wouldn't understand its power. Enraged, Jobe hacks into the subway's system computer to send another train crashing into the one Trace and the teenagers are in, but Trace causes the runaway car to crash into a construction site instead. However, the group is forced to flee after the entire tunnel is blown out.
Joining forces with Trace's former lover Dr. Cori Platt, Trace, Peter and his friends face a race against time to save the world from Jobe's diabolical scheme and face him in one last battle in cyberspace. In the end, Trace and Peter kill Walker and his goons with help from Jobe, who turns back into his former good self.
Why It Sucks
- None of the cast and crew from the original return, save for Austin O'Brien as Peter.
- The sequel's opening scene ignores the original's ending (in which Jobe abandoned his body by downloading his conscience into the mainframe computer, and he managed to take over the world by making every single telephone ring).
- Matt Frewer is seriously miscast as Jobe.
- Patrick Bergin's Dr. Benjamin Trace is a poor replacement for Pierce Brosnan's Dr. Lawrence Angelo.
- The CGI is a major step down from the original's CGI.
- One home video release of The Lawnmower Man bundled this movie as a "special feature" on a separate disc, rather than releasing it as a standalone DVD.
- The film was chopped down to a PG-13 rating instead of being R-rated like its predecessor, meaning the violence was severely toned down.
- Lots of pointless and boring filler.