Monday, July 16, 2012

A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 science fiction film based on a novel by Philip K. Dick. It was filmed digitally and then animated. Directed by Richard Linklater, it stars Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey, Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder and Rory Cochrane. This is a sad, sad story, though there are several very funny episodes scattered throughout.


Moria gives it 4 out of 5 stars and calls it "a rewarding film". Slant Magazine gives it 3 out of 4 stars. Senses of Cinema has a long article and doesn't like it. EW gives it a C- and says, "once you get past the images you realize that what's beneath the rotoscoping is a bleary-eyed talkfest of psychotic sci-fi gloom." DVD Talk says,
You want for more of a revelation at the climax, rather that the slow dawning of realization that as an allegory, A Scanner Darkly is a bit on the thin side.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 69%.

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