So-so "Cyberman" may stir up interest in tech-head circles and will make for OK programming, especially when chopped down to a TV hour. But CBC-made feature isn't likely to get much fest attention, except at new-media events, where it would be a good trigger for panel discussions.

So-so “Cyberman” may stir up interest in tech-head circles and will make for OK programming, especially when chopped down to a TV hour. But CBC-made feature isn’t likely to get much fest attention, except at new-media events, where it would be a good trigger for panel discussions.

“Project Grizzly” maker Peter Lynch returns with another look at one man who takes things too far. In this case, his subject is obsessed with technology; specifically, the interface with computers through visual means. To that end, decidedly antisocial Toronto academician Steve Mann has been hooked up for years to various Borg-like devices that dutifully record his perspective on the world. Lynch, also dutifully, gives a nifty, split-screen spin to Mann’s digital imagery. But as the subject travels on, sharing his theoretical ramblings, it becomes increasingly difficult to discern the point of his mission, or that of the pic.

Cyberman

Canada

Production

A CBC Nature of Things production. Produced by Michael Alder. Directed by Peter Lynch. Screenplay, James Heer, Lynch.

Crew

Camera (color), Caroline Christie; editor, Tom Costain; music, Ken Myhr. Reviewed on videocassette, Vancouver, Sept. 5, 2001. (In Vancouver, Toronto film festivals.) Running time: 90 MIN.

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