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Scanners II: The New Order (1991)

A scanner discovers a plot by renegade elements in the city government to take power with the help of evil scanners.

Director:

Christian Duguay

Writers:

David Cronenberg (characters), B.J. Nelson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hewlett ... David Kellum
Deborah Raffin ... Julie Vale
Yvan Ponton ... Commander John Forrester
Isabelle Mejias ... Alice Leonardo
Tom Butler ... Doctor Morse
Raoul Max Trujillo ... Peter Drak (as Raoul Trujillo)
Vlasta Vrana ... Lt. Gelson
Murray Westgate Murray Westgate ... George Kellum
Doris Petrie Doris Petrie ... Susan Kellum
Dorothée Berryman ... Mayor
Michael Rudder Michael Rudder ... Feck
David Francis David Francis ... Gruner
Stephen Zarou Stephen Zarou ... Walter
Tom Harvey Tom Harvey ... Chief Stokes
Jason Cavalier ... Convenience Store Thug
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Storyline

Good and evil scanners combatting when a crooked politician schemes to gain control of a major city. Scanners are people who, because their mothers had taken a certain drug during pregnancy, have acquired telepathic powers. One scanner escapes from a mental center and is hired by the politician to use his powers to gain control of others minds, and then, their actions. Written by Ørnås

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In the 21st century, the mind is the ultimate weapon... See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and graphic sci-fi action | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English | French | Japanese

Release Date:

28 June 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agyfürkészők 2. - Az új rendszer See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD5,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Budget: $5 million. See more »

Quotes

David Kellum: [referring to the puppy] So, what's his name?
Alice Lonardo: Trooper. Because he survived.
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Connections

Follows Scanners (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Pop goes the world
Written by Ivan Doroschuk
Performed by Men Without Hats
Courtesy of Polygram Songs Inc./Betty Songs
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Scanner Darkly
5 July 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

Unaware that he is a scanner, a young social misfit is mentored by a police officer to use his psychic abilities to solve crimes in this belated sequel to David Cronenberg's 'Scanners'. While not a patch on the original, 'The New Order' is hardly worthless. Many plot elements are recycled from Part One, most notably the scanner oblivious to his powers and a battle between a 'good' and 'bad' one, however, the film also takes the concept in refreshing new directions. His detective work as a scanner is fascinating (even if we only ever really see it in action once); there is a great bit where he uses scanning to stop a store robbery; another scanner controls video arcade machines with his abilities; and at its most touching, our protagonist inadvertently uses his scanning powers to comfort and calm down pet store animals. The film is very well photographed too with lots of low camera angles and tracking shots courtesy of 'My Bloody Valentine' cinematographer Rodney Gibbons. The biggest minus here is the acting, which varies from non-charismatic to annoyingly over-the-top, with Raoul Max Trujillo the worst offender in the latter regard. The action sequences are solid, the special effects are almost as good as in the original, and while the atmosphere is never the same, the film at least manages to add a lot of extra ideas to the mythology of scanners.


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