Scanners was a product of the early 1980’s. Scanners 2 gets released exactly ten years later. The question is: can this concept stand the test of time? Well, time is not the issue, here. If Scanners 2 was more action-oriented and not so vocal, we just might have a good sequel. The quality is there. The cinematography is not bad. The problem is with the characters, the dialogue and the story.
Scanners 2 is sleep-inducing. It has a beginning, an end but a weak middle part. There’s nothing awful about it. It’s just never up close and personal with the characters. It should be a horror film about psychics and, instead, it puts most of its focus on a government conspiracy that, in all honesty, isn’t all that interesting. The bad guys are cliches. They are predictable. They are boring.
The last act is everything I wish this movie was. You get physical stunts, car stunts, psychic duels, tough talk, a lot of practical effects, boiling water to the face. You even get a whole new twist to the scanner ability. If Scanners 2 was nothing more than an extended version of its last third, it would have been a totally different ball game. Maybe what we need is another sequel. Or maybe not.