Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace

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Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace
Lawnmower Man 2.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Farhad Mann
Produced by Keith Fox
Edward Simons
Screenplay by Farhad Mann
Story by Farhad Mann
Michael Miner
Based on Characters by:
Brett Leonard
Gimel Everett
Music by Robert Folk
Cinematography Ward Russell
Edited by James D. Mitchell
Joel Goodman
Peter E. Berger (uncredited)
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date
  • January 12, 1996 (1996-01-12)
Running time
92 minutes
Language English
Budget $15 million[1]
Box office $2,409,225[2]

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,[3] and with a 2.4 audience score on IMDb, it currently holds a place on the 'Bottom 100,'[4] 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.



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.[5] The plot and characters were generally panned,[6][7] while the visual effects received mixed reviews.[8][9]

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