Terminal Man, The (1974)

Terminal Man, The (1974, USA) C-104m. *** D: Mike Hodges. Starring George Segal, Joan Hackett, Richard A. Dysart, Donald Moffat, Michael C. Gwynne, William Hansen, Jill Clayburgh, Norman Burton, James (B.) Sikking, Steve Kanaly, Victor Argo. Unusual science-fiction tale originally written by Michael Crichton. Segal plays a computer scientist, whose violent seizures are thought to be the result of a brain damage. A research team around doctor Hackett intend to implant electrodes in his brain, in order to control his seizures better. Intriguing, thoughtful science-fiction is almost ruined by Hodges uninvolving direction and leaden pace. He compensates somewhat with some stylish shots, but story and actor Segal are the real stars here. A possible cult favorite in years to come. Hodges (PULP) also scripted. Good use of music by Johann Sebastian Bach.


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