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A Scanner Darkly (2006)

US 100m, Colour
Director: Richard Linklater; Cast: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey, Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder

Scanner DarklySet in a near future dystopian society whose populace suffers from widespread drug addiction and all-pervading police surveillance, A Scanner Darkly is an intriguing film based on the 1977 novel by Philip K. Dick. Filmed in live action, it was then animated over top of the original film, giving it an almost life-like and surreal quality which complements the paranoia of the film’s drug addicted characters. As classic style science fiction, in which society has been hijacked by a corrupt state, A Scanner Darkly is reminiscent of films such as Fahrenheit 451 (1966) and Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) – all of which never found a widespread popular audience – despite their popularity and importance as literary works (Klaus Ming October 2010).

6 comments on “A Scanner Darkly (2006)

  1. Joachim Boaz
    10/29/2010

    I was an extra in this film! It was filmed in Austin while I was a student at UT… However, I can’t find myself anywhere in the finished project — haha….

    I think it’s the best PKD adaptation out there (not necessarily the best PKD inspired film, but the best pure adaptation of his work)…

    Oh, and the only role which Reeves fits perfectly…

    • Klaus
      10/29/2010

      “Oh, and the only role which Reeves fits perfectly…”

      Hee, hee…yeah, he was made for the role. I also really enjoyed Robert Downey, Jr’s performance.

  2. CMrok93
    10/29/2010

    Liked this one a lot! Wasn’t expecting it to be actually as incoherent is it was, but still I had a good time with what I watched.

  3. Joachim Boaz
    10/29/2010

    incoherent?!? really?

    the book is just as weird..

  4. Joachim Boaz
    10/29/2010

    I subscribed to your blog 🙂

    • Klaus
      10/30/2010

      Thanks, I’ve added yours to my blog links.

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