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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 November 2013
I know, from looking at other people's reviews, that there are some who feel that this is an `okay' sequel to David Cronenberg's classic eighties horror flick `Scanners.' And, maybe it was... once upon a time. However, there are those films that stand the test of time and then there are those who do not age well. I feel this is the latter.

It's about more of those psychics (or `scanners' as they call them here). A corrupt police chief wants to harness their unnatural power to end crime (and generally make himself equally powerful). But, after years of experimenting on boring scanners who no one cares about, he finds lovely, nice scanner `David' to exploit. But, luckily for all that is good, David is too nice to be used and sets about ending this corrupt cop's regime before it really starts.

Whereas you can watch Star Wars and not be bothered by the `seventies haircuts' Han and Luke are sporting, here, everything just seems waaaay too eighties (which is doubly ironic as it's made in 1990).

But it's not just the look of the film I disliked - it's also the story. Everything just happens to fit together waaay too well to be believable. It's one coincidence and obvious plot-motivating device after the next. The (seemingly-mandatory) love story is quite unnecessary and forced, plus the characters either under-act or overact (and I'm thinking about the `bad scanner' when I mention overacting - he's practically a pantomime villain he's that nasty!). Yes, there's the odd bit of decent gore, but that's a small part of an 1 hour 40 minute film.

Maybe this was an okay film in the eighties, or if you've never seen the original, but, if you're looking for dark and nasty horror, stick to the first Scanners - it's head and shoulders over this one.
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on 12 April 2015
Many reviews on here seem to think that this is not a patch on the original, but I disagree. Admittedly it has a completely different tone to the original, action rather than straight out horror, but there are some gory moments, including a nice nod to the original with another head exploding scene and it does move at a reasonably fast pace.

All in all, its a decent and worthy sequel to the original, although I would stop here in regards to the Scanners sequels because they go downhill fast after this one.
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on 10 August 2009
After enjoying the first Scanners film so much I just couldn't resist checking out the sequel even after reading some poor reviews for it.
It just goes to show you should always trust your instincts,this is a top film and a worthy follow up.The plot is based around a scanner (David Hewlett) who is the son of the original film's leading characters, Stephen Lack & Jennifer O'Neil.Once made aware of his power he must help stop a group of evil scanners from taking over the world.I can't praise Hewlett enough for a fantastic lead performance and I think this helps the film to rise above possible pre-conceived low expectations.Some great SFX as in the first film and a great ending.Well worth the ridiculous low price you can buy it for.
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on 29 July 2015
I Loved this movie.Its more action Driven and Commercial than the First,which had too Arty A Feel for my liking.It loosely carries on the plot from One but does'nt carry over its slow pace.A Great Movie with Great Gore.
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on 31 March 2016
SUPER
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on 16 February 2016
good
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on 15 February 2015
"***** Stars in ALL Departments!" - Thank You for 'Speedy Despatch :-)
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on 10 February 2015
I found this to be a good sequel to the first. A fair bit of gore as well.
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on 25 July 2014
Very good value product.
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on 19 June 2015
Love It
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