Scanner Darkly (Blu-ray) (2006)
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|Set in a not-too-distant future where America has lost its "war" on drugs, Fred, an undercover cop, is one of many people hooked on the popular drug, Substance D, which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred is obsessed with taking down Bob, a notorious drug dealer, but due to his Substance D addiction, he does not know that he is also Bob. Based on a classic novel by Philip K. Dick. Starring Keanu Reeves (Constantine, The Matrix trilogy), Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Winona Ryder (Girl, Interupted, Mr. Deeds), Academy Award and Emmy-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Robert Downey, Jr. (Good Night, and Good Luck, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang), and Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee and Emmy-winner Woody Harrelson (North Country, The People vs. Larry Flynt). Directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard Linklater (Before Sunset, Dazed and Confused). Filmed in live-action, and then animated using the same critically acclaimed process that Linklater used in his previous film, Waking Life.|
"Utterly hypnotic. Mesmerizing and thrillingly original. Pete Hammond, Maxim
"It's the kind of movie that gets under your skin - and stays there. Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
Editor's NoteRichard Linklater's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic novel is a challenging, mind-bending experience that cautions about the dangers of excessive drug use as well as the government's capacity to abuse and manipulate power. Using the same interpolated rotoscoping technique that Linklater employed in 2001's WAKING LIFE, the film is an animated, trippy descent into one man's unraveling mind. Set in the not-too-distant future where a new drug, substance D, has created an epidemic, A SCANNER DARKLY charts the mental unraveling of Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves). Arctor is an undercover cop who has been assigned to track a group of individuals who include the druggily verbose Barris (Robert Downey Jr.), the hyper-intense Luckman (Woody Harrelson), the ultra-paranoid Freck (Rory Cochrane), and the beautiful Donna (Winona Ryder). As the film unfolds and Arctor finds himself abusing substance D in order to maintain his façade, his mind begins to spin out of control, to the point where he doesn't know what's real and what isn't. Eventually, the truth comes out, leaving Arctor even more numbed. Linklater's surprisingly faithful adaptation of Dick's novel blends humor, drama, and Bob Sabiston's striking animation to deliver a thought-provoking film that will leave viewers as dazed as the film's protagonist.
A Scanner Darkly - DVD
By: Anne Gilbert filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 12/8/2006 5:54 PM
|Linklater returns to the same technique once again (and for the last time, from what he has said, due to rampant production difficulties) for a much more literal acid trip. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, A Scanner Darkly is a feature-length PSA on the evils of drugs and the potentially-as-damaging efforts to ferret them out of society....read the full review|
A Scanner Darkly - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Sherry Lipp Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 9/15/2010 4:33 AM
|Though I’m not usually a fan of drug movies, I was curious to see Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly, because it was based on a novel by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. Dick is the author of the books that were later turned into the movies Blade Runner and Total Recall. A Scanner Darkly also employs a unique animation style called Rotoscope. Basically the movie is shot like a regular movie and then animated so that everything still looks kind of real. The animation gives the film a graphic novel kind of look. The story is a bit confusing, because in the drug addled world of A Scanner Darkly it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Robert Downey, Jr.|
|George Clooney - Executive Producer|
|Graham Reynolds - Original Music By|
|Jonah Smith - Producer|
|Philip K. Dick - Based On Novel By|
|Richard Linklater - Screenplay|
|Richard Linklater - Director|
|Sandra Adair - Editor|
|Shane F. Kelly - Cinematographer|
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