A Scanner Darkly

2006

Action / Animation / Crime / Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller

206
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 69%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 74%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 97786

Synopsis


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Cast

Keanu Reeves as Bob Arctor
Robert Downey Jr. as James Barris
Woody Harrelson as Ernie Luckman
Winona Ryder as Donna Hawthorne
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954.66 MB
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1hr 40 min
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1hr 40 min
P/S 11 / 71

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by thisanant 10 / 10

a scanned masterpiece

wow! what a work! i still don't know the genre , maybe it is animation/live action or something i don't know. what i do know is this -

"THIS IS EXTRAORDINARY." the story is pure but the highlight is the performance of the cast , they are splendid , this doesn't feel like a movie , it is real . SUPER

PS it is hilarious a lot of times too!

Reviewed by jonnymills 8 / 10

It's been on my shelf for a while, but wow!

I bought the DVD a few years ago and then it just sat there for a couple of years, but really I should have stuck it in the player straight away. I guess I was put off in a way by the idea that it was an animated film, but it isn't really, at least it didn't seem like it when I was watching. What really stands out is the humour and fear that only Philip K Dick can really blend so seamlessly, it's funny and disturbing, loads better than I expected. There are some great twists and the story is convincing, sad and scary. This is a really great film, I was very impressed; good work guys...

Reviewed by Brendan Michaels 9 / 10

Phillip K. Dick's take on The War on Drugs

Being the Linklater fan that I am I was quite shocked to see him do a Science Fiction film. While I love him he doesn't seem like the type of director that could pull off a film like this when I think of Phillip K. Dick or Science Fiction in general. But surprisingly Linklater makes one of the most mind bendingly masterful science fiction films that I have ever seen. A Scanner Darkly is a film that before you go in you have to get prepared to have your mind blown. That's all I can really say because my mind is spinning after watching this.

The animation is truly magnificent as it seems almost real because technically it is. Linklater shot all of this in live action and had an animation team animate over the actors. That's insane! Surprisingly even though this takes place in the future (2013 to be exact) it's quite shocking how Linklater realistically portrayed what the world would look like in that span of time. It isn't a grimy post apocalypse look or an Orwellian utopia, if anything it looks like how the present is.

As expected the performances are great with some funny lines that Linklater always has. Keanu plays a character I can only describe as Neo in the present day but instead of leading the war on machines he's leading the war on drugs. Robert Downey Jr. feels reminiscent of Hunter T. Thompson with his erratic behavior and insane characteristics. Woody Harrelson is great as usual playing a pretty believable stoner which only makes me wonder if this is Woody in real life. Winona Ryder is great in her even more mind bending role in this film. I won't give away what's so mind bending about it so I'll just say this, Winona Ryder is very pretty.

If I had to compare the complexities of the story A Scanner Darkly is as complicated as Inherent Vice but even more so at points and I think that's what Linklater was going for. You are Bob in this film. You're slowly losing your mind as you go down this rabbit hole of drugs and madness. Linklater captures Phillip K. Dick's paranoid mind set that is shown in his other work vividly. I know Kaufman was involved with the project very early on but surprisingly I'd say that no one could have done a better job than Linklater on this project. I think this is possibly Linklater's most profound piece next to Boyhood.

If you seek for a Science Fiction film that will truly get you thinking look no further than A Scanner Darkly. Linklater's most under appreciated film proves that he can stretch beyond the bounds of what we're used to seeing with him (which I still love). Come for the brain churning visuals, stay for the mind twisting story.

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