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Super Reviewer
September 9, 2008
An inferior sequel with poor directing and un-impressive exploding heads! David Hewlett, who Stargate fans will recognise, is a pretty capable lead, there are a few effective sequences, and... erm, the music score was ok, I guess. I was more disappointed in this than your average sequel because the original film had so many unexplored threads and ideas, but sadly The New Order doesn't really offer anything fresh, and instead tries to predictably reference the original. This film seems much more of its time than Cronenberg's original, which had a futuristic feel. Tom Butler is a lousy bad guy, too.
December 18, 2010
Scanners II was a better sequel than would be anticipated after such a long wait. It takes itself seriously and at points is believable. Also the ending song is sick which I have on mp3 plater.
February 18, 2010
(* 1/2): Thumbs Down

Just another one of those horrible 90's sequels to a successful sci-fi/horror film.
½ September 25, 2005
An obvious attempt to cash in on the notoriety of its predecessor (not to mention David Cronenberg?s name recognition), [i]Scanners II: The New Order[/i], a direct-to-video sequel to Cronenberg?s 1981 science-fiction/horror film about mutants with telepathic and telekinetic powers, [i]Scanners[/i], simply regurgitates (or to be kind, ?borrows?) all the major plot elements and plot turns from [i]Scanners[/i], while adding next to nothing to the ?scanner? universe or mythos. Whatever reputation [i]Scanners[/i] has among science fiction/horror fans depends on the semi-derivative premise and, more importantly, its signature set pieces, an exploding head (thanks to an invasive ?scan? at a conference) and the climactic duel between rival scanners. Mediocre (and, therefore, forgettable) from opening scene to last, [i]Scanners II: The New Order[/i] even fails to provide a modicum of cheap thrills via makeup effects or set pieces.

[i]Scanners II: The New Order[/i] opens, appropriately enough for an unambitious sequel, with the discovery and capture of an unstable scanner, Peter Drak (Raoul Trujillo). Departing (slightly) from the original, Drak isn?t the hero/protagonist. Instead, as his name obviously implies, Drak will be firmly allied with the forces of ?evil.? After being captured by several police officers (thanks to a tranquilizer dart), Drak is brought into Morse Neurological Research Institute and into the service of Dr. Morse (Tom Butler), a typical ?mad scientist? type interested in controlling scanners through drugs. He?s only partially succeeded. Scanners who use F-2 to control their powers (and the voices in their heads), eventually become addicted, and, therefore, useless to Morse or his associate in the police force, Commander John Forrester (Yvon Ponton). Forrester, it seems, has some strongly defined ideas about the social order and using scanners to combat crime, even if that means going outside the laws he?s sworn to uphold. In other words, Forrester fascist ideas and his plan to put them into action are good for him (and his associates) and bad for him.

Enter David Kellum (David Hewlett, [i]Stargate: Atlantis[/i]), a veterinarian student at the local university and scanner (due to an isolated upbringing in a rural community, David?s powers are, as yet, untapped). There?s the obligatory romantic subplot involving another veterinarian student, Alice Leonardo (Isabelle Mejijas) and a failed holdup attempt, with David using his newly awakened scanning powers to dispatch two robbers. David?s heroics, of course, bring him to the attention of the ever-ambitious Forrester, who contacts David and promises to help him learn more about himself and his powers. Forrester attempts to use David?s abilities for his personal gain (David convinces the mayor telepathically to make Forrester the acting chief of police). David becomes suspicious of Forrester, Morse, soon learning the details of their grandiose plans for world power (actually, more like local power, since Forrester wants to become mayor). There are one or two reversals (and revelations about David?s past), sending David on the run with the police after him, and eventually, the patented scanner duel (there?s only fully exploding head, with the villains suffering decidedly different fortunes).

Alas, the preceding description may make [i]Scanners II: The New Order[/i] sound more engaging or interesting than it actually is. Hampered by poorly motivated or stock characters, awkward, stiff performances (especially by Yvon Ponton as the central villain), deliberate, tensionless pacing, flashy visuals and a cheesy musical score better suited to soft-core porn, and a derivative storyline, [i]Scanners II: The New Order[/i] puts ?superfluous? in the phrase ?superfluous sequel.? The makeup effects are barely passable (at least, though, they?re pre-digital and slightly more realistic than a similar film made today) and the director, Christian Duguay, waits until the 85-minute mark before delivering the first (and only) fully exploding head. The climactic duel does contain a semi-interesting variation from the first film (one of the few), but it also undercuts the idea of David as an all-powerful (or the most powerful) scanner. It also runs too long (as two villains have to be dispatched sequentially).

Given the overall weak results, it shouldn?t come as a surprise that David Cronenberg had no involvement with [i]Scanners II: The New Order [/i]. Cronenberg or whoever owned the rights to [i]Scanners[/i] simply sold them to the highest (or only) bidder, collected their check, and stepped out of the way, or at least that seems like a reasonable guess, based on the mediocrity on screen. Not content to foist just one unnecessary sequel on the viewing public, the producers immediately followed [i]Scanners II: The New Order[/i] with [i]Scanners III: The Takeover[/i] (featuring characters unrelated to the first or second films in the series).
October 10, 2012
i fucking want to see it and i dont care what u think!!
½ June 6, 2014
The first and best in a line of direct to video sequels and spin-offs to The classic body horror flick. More gore, grossout fx and a darker tone keep it from being another poor horror/sci-fi sequel!
½ January 13, 2014
Didn't mind this sequel even if it's not in the same class as the original. The effects are still pretty good for the time and the main lead can act unlike a lot of the rest of the cast.
½ October 13, 2013
Going into a sequel to Scanners that features no involvement from David Cronenberg whatsoever, I had expected Scanners II: The New Order to be more than inferior to the original film. I was right, but it's not for lack of trying. I think that the film has some good ideas, but unfortunately, it doesn't do enough with them. The makeup effects and score are pretty good, but the storyline itself doesn't seem to really pay off that well. David Hewlett takes the lead as a new-found Scanner who stumbles upon a plot by a crooked police chief to take control of the city using Scanners. So it more or less picks up where the last one left off, but it's just inferior to the previous film. It's not altogether bad, and Hewlett does a pretty good job with his role, but it just feels more like a step back rather than forward. It's worth a watch but not much more.
May 3, 2013
This is a science-fiction movie loosely connected to the original Scanners. I can't give this one much credit for creativity since the setting and the themes covered are similar to those in the first movie. The acting is uneven but most lead actors do at least an OK job. The special effects are nice but far from impressive.
March 13, 2013
If you loved the first film, you have to give this one a try..... it's entertaining, it have good cinematography and a clever little story of world domination to entertain fans.....
October 27, 2012
Poor story with some ridiculous overly dramatic dialogue and acting. Here, a policeman attempts to use scanners to become the chief of police and later has intentions of running the city as mayor. Bad directing.
May 7, 2012
Good follow up from from the first film, but not as much gore.
February 13, 2012
Commits the greatest sin, by being boring. Looks and feels like bad TV.
November 5, 2011
Ha belegondolok Cronenberg egyik legnagyobb siker√ (C)nek is tekinthetŇ' a Scanners, az √°ltala rendezett elsŇ' r√ (C)szt k√∂vetett m√ (C)g k√ (C)t folytat√°s √ (C)s egy k√ (C)tr√ (C)szes spin-off sorozat a Scanner Cop. Persze ezek a folytat√°sok nem t√ļl j√≥k √ (C)s csak a fejsz√ (C)trobbant√°sok magasabb sz√°m√°ban m√ļlj√°k fel√ 1/4l az elŇ'd√∂t. A Cronenbergre jellemzŇ' technikai-tudom√°ny-ember interf√ (C)sz csak nyomokban bukkan fel √ (C)s akkor sem √ (C)lvezhetj√ 1/4k sok√°ig mert mindig k√∂veti egy olcs√≥ akci√≥jelenet. A Scanners 2-3 teljesen egy (k√∂zepes) minŇ's√ (C)gi kateg√≥ri√°ba tartozik, egyszer ok√ (C)s.
December 18, 2010
Scanners II was a better sequel than would be anticipated after such a long wait. It takes itself seriously and at points is believable. Also the ending song is sick which I have on mp3 plater.
½ December 4, 2010
One of the first things I ever saw David Hewlett in! One of my favourite actors (Stargate Atlantis forever!) A much younger Hewlett. Kind of lame as sequels go but I love it because of him. It also has Raoul Trujillo in it playing a pretty awesome evil scanner. He's a great actor.
August 18, 2010
not a bad sequel but not on par with orginal - couldnt really take the original into a new dimension and lacks substance
Super Reviewer
November 4, 2006
This was a sci-fi movie that could have been a little better. Basic plot is about a world that has some people who have the ability of telekinesis. They call them scanners. And there are those who want to control the scanners for their own reasons. The story is decent enough. But some of the F/X and acting could have been much better. Not a big name cast in this. More of a lower budget sci-fi film. Might be worth a watch if you enjoyed the other scanner films.
½ February 20, 2010
What a quality sequel. And i dont say that very often. Great stuff.
February 18, 2010
(* 1/2): Thumbs Down

Just another one of those horrible 90's sequels to a successful sci-fi/horror film.
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