Cinema: Running Amuck

THE TERMINAL MAN

Directed and Written by MIKE HODGES

From Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde through A Clockwork Orange, research scientists have been gumming things up, thereby giving the screaming fits to threatened humanists who run out to sound the alarm. In The Terminal Man, the machines, true to form, run amuck, but it is only a two-alarm panic. The twist—it can hardly be called a novelty—is that this time the machine is a man, one Harry Benson, who has had a computer implanted in his brain. Subject to unpredictable fits of rage, Benson used to beat his wife and take potshots at...