Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Scanners (1981) aka Telepathy 2000

4 / 5
Tagline: There are 4 billion people on earth. 237 are Scanners. They have the most terrifyling powers ever created...and they are winning.
Directed By: David Cronenberg
Written By: David Cronenberg
Actors Include: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Michael Ironside
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Length: 103 minutes
Banned: Iceland
Country: Canada

It's overly easy to get on a Cronenberg kick, his bizarre combination of sci-fi and horror definitely hit the spot providing one has a little patience. I don't always have patience and admittedly at first I found this one to be a little bit confusing. Still at the same time I found the story to be very interesting, the effects are cool and it's a fun movie, I just had a couple of questions when all was said and done. What happens is that we have a really powerful group of folks with psychic power and the ability to control minds called Scanners (go fig). Anyhow a doctor finds one of these powerful scanners to compete with the "head scanner" and interrupt his plan to take over the world. It's a really weird tale and it feels very clinical and cold. It's not exactly horrific nor scary, but there are a few scenes which really must be seen (I'm not going to ruin them for you). It's a great idea and it's a pretty fun film to watch but it can be a little confusing and too odd in places to really be awesome. Still it packs quite a punch though and it's definitely inventive and the effects are really something.

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