In the mood for some telepathic tension? Or how about some hellish hallucinations? If so, you’d best buckle up and prepare yourself for the sensory overload that is Scanner Cop. It’s by no means a mentally stimulating affair, but if your idea of a good time includes veins popping, madhouse mayhem, neurological manipulation, and police in peril, you can bet your bottom dollar that your brain won’t be reduced to Swiss cheese. Then again, no one ever said that a splitting headache was bearable, so if you’re in need of a cure, look no further. Scanner Cop is just what the doctor ordered.

Any way you slice it, there’s a lot going on. Or maybe I should say, scan it? In either case, you have drug busts, a string of murders, perturbed perpetrators, a clever villain who gets off on bringing his subjects’ past horrors to life, and a skeptical lieutenant thrown in for good measure. How’s that for keeping the police on their toes? Well, the good news is that Sam doesn’t let his mind go to waste, whether he is pushing his powers to the limit or giving thugs a run for their money. To think that he’s just a rookie cop! I suppose being promoted to sergeant would be too much to ask, but who needs that when you have psychic abilities?

Given the number of exploding computers, melting minds, and ripped flesh, there’s no denying that over-the-topness is the name of the game. It’s all on display; it’s guaranteed to give you a rush, and believe me, your eyes will be glued to the screen as you take in the madness. And if you’re thinking your head will explode, well, it just might, what with the fast pace, the electrifying score, and the nightmarish asylum scene. Granted, it’s a bit of a hodgepodge, but if you’re hoping to get the full effect, you won’t be disappointed. Plus, the climax will get your blood pumping, unless, of course, you have a metal plate in your head. Now wouldn’t that be a tough nut to crack?

As you can tell, I got a kick out of Scanner Cop, and I have no reservations about recommending it. It’s quite a ride, and I have a feeling that I’ll look back on it fondly. Not a bad way to spend a lazy afternoon, if you ask me.