DirectorFarhad Mann Music directorRobert Folk Duration
Release dateJanuary 12, 1996 (1996-01-12) WriterFarhad Mann (story), Michael Miner (story), Farhad Mann (screenplay) CastPatrick Bergin (Dr. Benjamin Trace), Matt Frewer (Jobe Smith), Austin O'Brien (Peter Parkette), Ely Pouget (Dr. Cori Platt), Camille Cooper (Jennifer), Patrick LaBrecque (Shawn (as Patrick La Brecque)) Similar moviesBlackhat, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Mission: Impossible, TRON, Mission: Impossible II
TaglineGod made him simple. Science made him a god. Now, he wants revenge.
Lawnmower man 2 beyond cyberspace 1996 rant aka movie review
Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace (also subtitled Jobe's War) is a 1996 science fiction action film written and directed by Farhad Mann and starring Matt Frewer, Patrick Bergin, Austin O'Brien, and Ely Pouget. It is a sequel to the 1992 film The Lawnmower Man, which in turn was a loose adaptation of a Stephen King short story of the same title. The film was panned by both critics and fans of the original film, and with a 2.4 audience score on IMDb, it currently holds a place on the 'Bottom 100,' a list of the worst rated films on the website. It is considered by some to be among the worst movies ever made.
The founder of virtual reality, Dr. Benjamin Trace (Patrick Bergin), 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 (Kevin Conway) takes over development of the Chiron Chip, he and his team discover Jobe Smith (Matt Frewer) 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 (Austin O'Brien) is a computer hacker and living in the subways of a cyberpunk Los Angeles with a group of other runaway teens. 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, Trace, Peter and his friends must go on 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 defeats the villain with help from Jobe who turns back into his former good self.
Patrick Bergin as Dr. Benjamin Trace
Matt Frewer as Jobe Smith
Austin O'Brien as Peter Parkette
Ely Pouget as Dr. Cori Platt
Kevin Conway as Jonathan Walker
Camille Cooper as Jennifer
Patrick LaBrecque as Shawn
Crystal Celeste Grant as Jade
Sean P. Young as Travis
Mathew Valencia as Homeless Kid
Trever O'Brien as Young Peter
Richard Fancy as Senator Greenspan
Ellis Williams as Chief of Security
Castulo Guerra as Guillermo
Molly Shannon as Homeless Lady
Lawnmower Man 2 was poorly received by critics, with an 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 9 reviews with an average rating of 2.8/10. The plot and characters were generally panned, while the visual effects received mixed reviews.