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Scanners II: The New Order

It is telling that this superfluous sequel to Cronenberg's mind-blowing 1980 movie opens, not with an exploding head, but with a psycho scanner using his telepathic powers to trash a video games arcade. The plot suggests a computer game called 'RoboCop meets the Scanners', while Duguay's visual style consists entirely of pop promo clich├ęs. For years, Dr Morse (Butler) and ambitious police commander Forrester (Ponton) have been trying to harness the scanners' powers, frustrated by the addictive drugs needed to control their volatile guinea-pigs. Then they stumble upon 'clean' scanner David Kellum (Hewlett), a naive country boy whose latent powers they plan to use to fight crime and instigate a fascistic New Order. The cast is anonymous, the plot confused and sluggish; only Michael Smithson's cheap, inventive special effects warrant attention.

Release details

Duration: 105 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Christian Duguay
Screenwriter: BJ Nelson
Cast: David Hewlett
Deborah Raffin
Yvan Ponton
Isabelle Mejias
Tom Butler
Raoul Trujillo
Vlasta Vrana
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