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The Lawnmower Man

The Lawnmower Man is a 1992 science-fiction action-horror film directed by Brett Leonard and written by Leonard and Gimel Everett. This film used an original screenplay entitled "CyberGod" but takes its the title from a 1975 short story by Stephen King that New Line Cinema had the rights to. The film stars Jeff Fahey as Jobe Smith, an intellectually disabled gardener, and Pierce Brosnan as Dr. Lawrence "Larry" Angelo, a scientist who decides to experiment on Jobe in an effort to give him greater intelligence. The experiments give Jobe superhuman abilities and later increase his aggression, turning him into a man obsessed with evolving into a digital being.

Plot

Dr. Lawrence "Larry" Angelo works for Virtual Space Industries and runs experiments using psychoactive drugs and virtual reality to enhance cognitive performance, using chimpanzees as test subjects. Angelo has benevolent aims, but VSI is funded by "The Shop," a clandestine group hoping to turn chimps into expendable soldiers. One of the chimps, gifted with new intelligence, warfare training, and increased aggression, successfully escapes. Although tempted to abandon his work in frustration, Angelo later decides to recruit intellectually disabled greenskeeper Jobe Smith as a human test subject, telling the man he will become smarter. Angelo redesigns the intelligence-boosting treatments to remove the "aggression factors" used in the chimpanzee experiments. Jobe's intelligence is successfully enhanced, and he also develops psychokinesis and telepathy. He continues training at the lab until an accident forces Angelo to abort the experiment.