A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly

Posted by DJ I.Z.
4/2/2007
Released on: 2006
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405296/

I'm loathe to admit I've never read Dick's novel this movie is based on, but since I enjoyed the movie this much I've added it to my "must read" list.

Set in "seven years from now" California, people are finding themselves in the grip of a new addictive drug: Substance D. We're introduced to a sad but loveable group of addicts who (unbeknownst to them) have a narc in their midst. Irony is abound as the narc (played by Keanu Reeves) is also addicted to Substance D, and two of his addict roomies (Robert Downey Jr. and Woody Harrelson) are known as real-life users. We are taken through the dark side of drug abuse, how it shatters lives, and the plots and twists of a police force putting civilians under constant surveilance.

Done in a film style to make it a moving graphic novel, I wasn't too crazy about the animated feel at first. However I quickly got over that and not only is it not too disorienting, I think it allows for some interesting effects to be added in. Outside of the film style, the acting is well done by the whole cast and some comments I've seen are that it does Dick's novel justice. This is highly recommended to those who like their sci-fi films to make them think.

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