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Scanners - Exploration of gifts as a curse,
This review is from: Scanners [DVD] (DVD)
Scanners are humans who can interact with another nervous system, in the film principally human beings. They can read thoughts and remotely effect the person they are scanning.
I watched this film when it was released and the impact for me then as it is now is the sub-theme of the ability to scan as being a curse. I remember that the attraction at the time was the special effects but the study of the burden of being a scanner within the film lifts it above pulp horror/sci-fi. The opening scene where the main character is tormented by unconsciously reading what two strangers are thinking about him and the troubled artist who keeps himself sane by putting the voices into his art are some of the most memorable scenes in the film. Michael Ironside is excellent as the villian. Patrick McGoohan (Danger man and the Prisoner) is on top class form. The film is really well crafted in that there really aren't any superfluous scenes. A good tight well-scripted film. It could possibly have been made a bit longer but any extra scene would have just been padding. Excellent.