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Scanners literally, will blow your mind!
on 7 June 2015
A young inexperienced Scanner named Vale, is recruited to track down a rouge evil Scanner called Revok, however Revok has other ideas and an intense battle develops.
Interesting and highly enjoyable David Cronenberg sci-fi horror. The film has many strong points, acting is great, Patrick McGoohan is excellent as Dr Paul, as is Jennifer O'Neill and Michael Ironside steels every scene he's in over shadowing the lead Stephen Lack at every turn. The special effects are superb, the famous head exploding sequence is still as brilliant as it was then, but almost all the make-up effects are very good, also Cronenberg's direction is a standout, creating layers of intrigue and a very tension filled atmosphere. The plot and story are very interesting particularly when Vale is hunting down Revok, the confrontation at the end is excellent and exciting and the twist is well handled. The weakest parts are a frankly disappointing lead character, Cameron Vale played by Stephen Lack is acted well and not badly written but just totally over shadowed by the three other major characters, the story whilst strong, is for the first part of the film slightly unengaging not really holding your full attention, although this does improve massively as it goes along.
Almost certainly one of Cronenberg's best and most favoured pictures and rightly so, there's much to admire and remember in this 1981 classic, far, far better than any of the following sequels. The before mentioned, and again wonderful head explosion was instrumental in its inclusion on the Section 3 nasty list here in Britain, but if that's your reasoning for watching, expecting a gory film you might be disappointed, this is a brilliantly staged sci-fi, thriller that is far more mass audience friendly than you might think. 3.5/5