History Film / Scanners

29th Oct '17 11:36:27 AM Angeldeb82
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* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: The scanner terrorists' leader is one of the most powerful scanners around.

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* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The scanner terrorists' leader is one of the most powerful scanners around.



* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: TheHero (Cameron Vale) deconstructs TheChosenOne: he's the only [[WitchSpecies "Scanner"]] with the power to stop Daryl Revok, he's an absolute [[PsychicPowers psychic]] badass ...and he is completely devoid of personality beyond his mission to stop Revok, which he has been raised to do by an (unknown to him) EvilMentor.
* DeconstructorFleet: Analyzes and subverts many of the tropes relating to the classic Hero's Journey, including {{Mentors}}, the LoveInterest, and the BigBad being [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil a former student of the mentor]].

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* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: TheHero (Cameron Vale) deconstructs TheChosenOne: he's the only [[WitchSpecies "Scanner"]] with the power to stop Daryl Revok, he's an absolute [[PsychicPowers psychic]] {{Psychic|Powers}} badass ...and he is completely devoid of personality beyond his mission to stop Revok, which he has been raised to do by an (unknown to him) EvilMentor.
* DeconstructorFleet: Analyzes and subverts many of the tropes relating to the classic Hero's Journey, including {{Mentors}}, the LoveInterest, {{Love Interest|s}}, and the BigBad being [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil a former student of the mentor]].



* {{Hypocrite}}: For all that he claims to hate humans, Revok is personally responsible for the deaths of every scanner in the entire film- ''without exception'' - either murdering them outright or else sending them to murder other scanners and getting them killed by Vale. This ultimately includes [[spoiler: himself.]] Incidentally, that guy at the beginning of the movie with the a splodey head? Yep, that was also a scanner. One could be forgiven for thinking Revok was actually a human supremacist out to murder all scanners, because that's pretty much all that he accomplishes.
* TheInfiltration: Cameron Vale poses as one of Darryl Revok's scientists to infiltrate his chemical company. While there, he discovers Revok's 'Ripe Program', a master plan to [[spoiler:create a new army of scanners by bribing physicians to prescribe Ephemerol to their pregnant patients.]]

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* {{Hypocrite}}: For all that he claims to hate humans, Revok is personally responsible for the deaths of every scanner in the entire film- ''without exception'' - either murdering them outright or else sending them to murder other scanners and getting them killed by Vale. This ultimately includes [[spoiler: himself.]] himself]]. Incidentally, that guy at the beginning of the movie with the a splodey head? Yep, that was also a scanner. One could be forgiven for thinking Revok was actually a human supremacist out to murder all scanners, because that's pretty much all that he accomplishes.
* TheInfiltration: Cameron Vale poses as one of Darryl Revok's scientists to infiltrate his chemical company. While there, he discovers Revok's 'Ripe Program', a master plan to [[spoiler:create a new army of scanners by bribing physicians to prescribe Ephemerol to their pregnant patients.]]patients]].



* MasterOfIllusion: Obrist briefly causes a security guard to collapse in tears by [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas appearing to be his mother.]]

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* MasterOfIllusion: Obrist briefly causes a security guard to collapse in tears by [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas appearing to be his mother.]]mother]].



* PsychicNosebleed: The TropeMaker, in fact. It's used throughout all the subsequent movies.

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* PsychicNosebleed: The TropeMaker, {{Trope Maker|s}}, in fact. It's used throughout all the subsequent movies.



* PunctuatedForEmphasis: REVOK! [[SurnameFirstNameSurname DARRYL! REVOK!]]
* PuttingOnTheReich: [=ConSec=]'s security guards wear all-black uniforms with shiny knee-high black leather jackboots and peaked military style officer's caps, and more than a handful also sport black [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoats]]. Heck, the [=ConSec=] emblem is essentially one point away from resembling a Swastika.

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* PunctuatedForEmphasis: REVOK! [[SurnameFirstNameSurname [[TheNameIsBondJamesBond DARRYL! REVOK!]]
* PuttingOnTheReich: [=ConSec=]'s security guards wear all-black uniforms with shiny knee-high black leather jackboots and peaked military style officer's caps, and more than a handful also sport black [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoats]].{{Badass Longcoat}}s. Heck, the [=ConSec=] emblem is essentially one point away from resembling a Swastika.



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: As we learn more of Darryl Revok's backstory, it becomes increasingly apparent that he became a psychic supremacist with ambitions of world conquest due to all the abuse he suffered because of his supernatural abilities. He tranformed his inferiority complex into a superiority complex to cope with being called a freak and locked up in a mental asylum for years, as pointed out by Dr. Paul Ruth:

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: As we learn more of Darryl Revok's backstory, it becomes increasingly apparent that he became a psychic supremacist with ambitions of world conquest due to all the abuse he suffered because of his supernatural abilities. He tranformed transformed his inferiority complex into a superiority complex to cope with being called a freak and locked up in a mental asylum for years, as pointed out by Dr. Paul Ruth:



* YourHeadASplode: One of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Lnz64vXB8 the most infamous examples]]; a particularly bitchin' KickTheDog moment for villain Darryl Revok. Made even more awesome when you know how they did it: nothing fancy at all -- just a fake head full of animal parts and a twelve gauge shotgun aimed at the back of its neck! So [[TheMoreYouKnow now you know exactly what happens to a human head when hit point blank by a sawed-off shotgun...]][[note]]Tom Savini used the same technique for ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' three years earlier.[[/note]]\\
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[[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/Exploding-head.gif Here's a gif]]. Warning: [[CaptainObvious it's messy]]. [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/uncyclopedia/images/b/be/Daeh-gnidolpxE.gif And here's a gif of it in reverse!]]


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* YourHeadASplode: One of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Lnz64vXB8 the most infamous examples]]; a particularly bitchin' KickTheDog moment for villain Darryl Revok. Made even more awesome when you know how they did it: nothing fancy at all -- just a fake head full of animal parts and a twelve gauge shotgun aimed at the back of its neck! [[AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle So now you know exactly what happens to a human head when hit point blank by a sawed-off shotgun...]][[note]]Tom Savini used the same technique for ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' three years earlier.[[/note]]\\
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[[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/Exploding-head.gif Here's a gif.]] Warning: [[CaptainObvious it's messy]]. [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/uncyclopedia/images/b/be/Daeh-gnidolpxE.gif And here's a gif of it in reverse!]]
20th Sep '17 6:48:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* AbusiveParents: [[spoiler:The reveal about Dr. Paul Ruth's past changes him into one: not only did he experiment on his pregnant wife, turning both his sons into maladjusted psychics, he then abandoned both of them and when one of them later becomes a problem, he arranges for the other son to kill his brother.]]
20th Sep '17 6:43:50 AM Morgenthaler
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* AllThereIsToKnowAboutTheCryingGame: Most people nowadays have heard of this movie because it's "that movie with the exploding head", and if they're watching it, it's so they can see the part with the [[YourHeadASplode exploding head]].
19th Sep '17 6:10:39 PM Morgenthaler
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* PresentDay: Unusually for a film about super-psychics, this doesn't take place in the future (although the original script treatment ''Telepathy 2000'' did, [[{{Trope 2000}} as you might have guessed from the title]]). Of course, this film's PresentDay is the early [[TheEighties '80s]].

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* PresentDay: Unusually for a film about super-psychics, this doesn't take place in the future (although the original script treatment ''Telepathy 2000'' did, [[{{Trope 2000}} as you might have guessed from the title]]). Of course, this film's PresentDay is the early [[TheEighties '80s]]. 1983 to be precise, according to statements made in the film about the main character's age.



* WritersCannotDoMath: [[spoiler:Darryl Revok]] reveals himself to be [[spoiler:Cameron Vale]]'s older brother, then tells him that he was born five years later. Earlier in the film ''both'' characters are stated to be thirty-five years old by Dr. Ruth. Either their birth dates or the age difference is incorrect.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: [[spoiler:Darryl Revok]] reveals himself to be [[spoiler:Cameron Vale]]'s older brother, then tells him that he one of them was born five years later.in 1943, the other in 1948. Earlier in the film ''both'' characters are stated to be thirty-five years old by Dr. Ruth. Either their birth dates are incorrect or the age difference is incorrect.one of their ages is.
19th Sep '17 6:04:45 PM Morgenthaler
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* WritersCannotDoMath: [[spoiler:Darryl Revok]] reveals himself to be [[spoiler:Cameron Vale]]'s older brother, then tells him that he was born five years later. Earlier in the film ''both'' characters are stated to be thirty-five years old by Dr. Ruth. Either their birth dates or the age difference is incorrect.
11th Mar '17 2:46:25 PM nombretomado
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The drifter, Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack), is delivered into the custody of Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick [=McGoohan=] of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' fame), who informs him that he is a scanner. A scanner is a person born with a derangement of their brain, giving them {{telepathy}}. They can 'scan' you. Unfortunately, this telepathy is very much of the BlessedWithSuck variety: most scanners can hear your thoughts, [[PowerIncontinence and can't block them out]]. They get {{Psychic Nosebleed}}s. They can alter your bodily functions. A particularly powerful one, like BigBad Darryl Revok (MichaelIronside) can [[YourHeadASplode blow up your head]].

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The drifter, Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack), is delivered into the custody of Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick [=McGoohan=] of ''Series/ThePrisoner'' fame), who informs him that he is a scanner. A scanner is a person born with a derangement of their brain, giving them {{telepathy}}. They can 'scan' you. Unfortunately, this telepathy is very much of the BlessedWithSuck variety: most scanners can hear your thoughts, [[PowerIncontinence and can't block them out]]. They get {{Psychic Nosebleed}}s. They can alter your bodily functions. A particularly powerful one, like BigBad Darryl Revok (MichaelIronside) (Creator/MichaelIronside) can [[YourHeadASplode blow up your head]].



* CanadaEh: Pierce lives in a cabin in the woods, and Revok and [[spoiler: Keller]] can be seen meeting at what is clearly the Yorkdale subway station in Toronto. You can see the sign and everything. Both Cronenberg and MichaelIronside are Torontonians, and Stephen Lack has a quite pronounced Canadian accent. The [=ConSec=] helicopter also has a Canadian registration.

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* CanadaEh: Pierce lives in a cabin in the woods, and Revok and [[spoiler: Keller]] can be seen meeting at what is clearly the Yorkdale subway station in Toronto. You can see the sign and everything. Both Cronenberg and MichaelIronside Creator/MichaelIronside are Torontonians, and Stephen Lack has a quite pronounced Canadian accent. The [=ConSec=] helicopter also has a Canadian registration.
5th Mar '17 6:16:00 AM Kalaong
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->''Scanning is not mind-reading. It is the merging of two nervous systems, separated by space.''

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->''Scanning is not mind-reading. It is ->''You are 35 years old, Mr. Vale. Why are you such a derelict? Such a piece of human junk? ''[DramaticPause]'' The answer's simple. You're a scanner, which you don't realize. And that has been the merging source of two nervous systems, separated by space.all your agony. But I will show you now that it can be a source of great power. ''
25th Jan '17 5:50:20 AM Black_Diesel
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1st Jan '17 7:46:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* YourHeadASplode: One of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Lnz64vXB8 the most infamous examples]]; a particularly bitchin' KickTheDog moment for villain Darryl Revok. Made even more awesome when you know how they did it: nothing fancy at all -- just a fake head full of animal parts and a twelve gauge shotgun aimed at the back of its neck! So [[TheMoreYouKnow now you know exactly what happens to a human head when hit point blank by a sawed-off shotgun...]][[note]]Tom Savini used the same technique for ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' three years earlier.[[/note]]\\

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* YourHeadASplode: One of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Lnz64vXB8 the most infamous examples]]; a particularly bitchin' KickTheDog moment for villain Darryl Revok. Made even more awesome when you know how they did it: nothing fancy at all -- just a fake head full of animal parts and a twelve gauge shotgun aimed at the back of its neck! So [[TheMoreYouKnow now you know exactly what happens to a human head when hit point blank by a sawed-off shotgun...]][[note]]Tom Savini used the same technique for ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' ''Film/DawnOfTheDead1978'' three years earlier.[[/note]]\\
29th Dec '16 4:51:30 PM AnotherGuy
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* YourHeadASplode: One of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Lnz64vXB8 the most infamous examples]]; a particularly bitchin' KickTheDog moment for villain Darryl Revok. Made even more awesome when you know how they did it: nothing fancy at all -- just a fake head full of animal parts and a twelve gauge shotgun aimed at the back of its neck! So [[TheMoreYouKnow now you know exactly what happens to a human head when hit point blank by a sawed-off shotgun...]]\\

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* YourHeadASplode: One of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_Lnz64vXB8 the most infamous examples]]; a particularly bitchin' KickTheDog moment for villain Darryl Revok. Made even more awesome when you know how they did it: nothing fancy at all -- just a fake head full of animal parts and a twelve gauge shotgun aimed at the back of its neck! So [[TheMoreYouKnow now you know exactly what happens to a human head when hit point blank by a sawed-off shotgun...]]\\]][[note]]Tom Savini used the same technique for ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' three years earlier.[[/note]]\\
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