THE TERMINAL MAN (1974 U.S.) D/W/P: MIKE HODGES
This low-key thriller with artistic pretensions (note black and white colour scheme and classical, undynamic piano score) is not what you'd expect from a major studio (Warners) adapting a Michael Crichton novel nowadays. George Segal stars as a brilliant computer system designer who develops a sudden mistrust for all machines. He rapes his wife and shoots his neighbours (not seen) during a violent blackout/seizure. Surgeons investigating the possibility of brain tumours causing such attacks experiment on him by putting a computer in his head. It's supposed to shock his system into supressing the violent urges, but after Segal runs away from the hospital with his girlfriend it's obvious the operation was a failure and he stabs her to death. The rest of this very slow moving (and overlong) movie has the authorities tracking down the confused killer. Some interesting ideas are dropped too soon so it doesn't get too interesting on that level, and it sure doesn't work as sci-fi action. With Joan Hackett, Jill Clayburgh, Donald Moffat, James Sikking, Matt Clarke, Ian Wolfe and Vic Argo.

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