A race of telepaths with the ability to ‘scan’ other humans can read people’s thoughts, control their movement and even take over their consciousness. Most Scanners are harmless, however, there’s one Scanner who’s none too nice, and becomes hellbent on building a psychic army to take over the world.
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This is like the proto-X-Men movie. Really awesome concepts that I don't think had been explored in movies before this one. It's one of Michael Ironside's best roles, it's unfortunate that the lead actor was nowhere near as good, but thankfully the usual Cronenberg kickass ideas, great practical gore effects, and signature weirdness make it a great time.
The first great Cronenberg feature revolving around a kind of freak-savant. An kind of artist. A kind of benevolent terrorist. And it's Stephen Lack. Research him. He's a Canadian national treasure. Although in Scanners he does seem like he's been pumped full of sedatives (or Ephemerol?). Scanners is a Spinozist provocation re: what we might consider to be a possible repurposing of the nervous system.
A little more action than the body horror style Cronenberg is best known for and expected of. As the plot thickens and the chases and fights continue, you wind up wanting more exploding heads and disturbing special effects, the most and best of which are mostly saved for the awesome ending. Not his best, but a classic nonetheless.
This is one of the most interesting, entertaining, stylish and original movies I've ever seen, even though it's obvious from the first ten minutes that the acting is terrible and the story is pretty thin. an extremely likable movie.
i like it better than videodrome.
That lead was wooden as fuck, i felt like i was watching Keanu Reeves great grandfather attempting to perform Macbeth on celluloid. HAL 9000 from 2001 could of conveyed more range of emotions and delivered a more life like performance than the ridiculously lackluster Mr. Lack(ing).