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Scanners II: The New Order (1991)

R  |  Video  |   |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  28 June 1991 (USA)
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A scanner discovers a plot by renegade elements in the city government to take power with the help of evil scanners.

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Julie Vale
Yvan Ponton ...
Commander John Forrester
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Alice Leonardo
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Doctor Morse
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Lt. Gelson
Murray Westgate ...
George Kellum
Doris Petrie ...
Susan Kellum
Dorothée Berryman ...
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Michael Rudder ...
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David Francis ...
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Stephen Zarou ...
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Tom Harvey ...
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Good and evil scanners combatting when a crooked politician schemes to gain control of a major city. Scanners are people who, because their mothers had taken a certain drug during pregnancy, have acquired telepathic powers. One scanner escapes from a mental center and is hired by the politician to use his powers to gain control of others minds, and then, their actions. Written by Ørnås

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He can make you do anything...if he puts his mind to it. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence and graphic sci-fi action | See all certifications »

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28 June 1991 (USA)  »

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Agyfürkészők 2. - Az új rendszer  »

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Peter Drak: [Is shining with a flashlight in David's eyes, which disorientates him] Hey, Davy. Time for a little one on one.
David Kellum: We're both scanners, Drak. Why help them? They're just gonna use you and throw you away, you know it, you told me!
Peter Drak: What are you gonna do Dave, be my best friend?
[grins]
Peter Drak: [unleashes scanner attacks on David]
David Kellum: We can work together, all of us. Protect each other. Put our powers to some decent use.
Peter Drak: I like this use.
[throws David against the wall with scanner powers]
Peter Drak: Power doesn't make you ...
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Followed by Scanners III: The Takeover (1991) See more »

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Adequate Sequel
4 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A scanner discovers a plot by renegade elements in the city government to take power with the help of evil scanners.

First of all, there is a weak, unnecessary connection to the first film with the main character being the son of the characters from David Cronenberg's "Scanners". This is somewhat silly, as the story would be just as good (or bad) if these were just a new generation of scanners with no connection at all.

Beyond that, it is not a terrible film. Clearly it is not on the level of the original, with absolutely zero star power or big name crew. Director Christian Duguay had no prior film experience, having done only a few television episodes. But some real thought was put into crafting a tale wherein some scanners would be good and others evil while the average human can either choose sides or stay out of the way. (Writer B. J. Nelson had one prior credit: the Chuck Norris action flick "Lone Wolf McQuade".)

The film has its own sequel (though it was concurrently) and another spin off, "Scanner Cop" (with its own sequel). Exactly why this was never made into a television series is unclear, because under the right hands this would be a better format for an ongoing story of good and evil, cops and baddies. Something of a more sophisticated "X-Files", perhaps.

Now that "Scanners II" and "Scanners III" are out in a combination set from Scream Factory, they are well worth checking out. Regrettably, not a single special feature was added to the package, but at least we get to see a series that has long been neglected (and forgotten).


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