A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly
The great Richard Linklater uses the fandangled rotoscope animation technique that wowed people in his 'Waking Life'- where animation is 'layered' over live-action. Here he adapts Philip K. Dick's 1977 novel about over-bearing government surveillance, the war on drugs & dope-fuelled paranoia.

Set in the future, the film follows a group of drug addled, low-life friends in suburban California. "Reeves is the brooding special agent in a shape-shifter suit, assigned to spy on his own friends; Downey Jr is the sinister alpha male; Harrelson is the Lebowski-esque goofball. On one hand, it's a paranoid futuristic thriller, but on the other it's a portrait of life in deadbeat slackerdom." [Andrew O'Hehir].
2006100 minsUSA
Director:
Richard Linklater ('Slacker', 'Dazed & Confused', 'Waking Life', 'Bad News Bears')
Writer:
Richard Linklater
Cast:
Keanu ReevesRobert Downey JrWoody HarrelsonWinona RyderRory Cochrane
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Reviews & comments

Keanuu what were you thinking

A very strange and weird film turned it of after about 40 minutes just never understood it weird animation shot over the real characters

2.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This gifted writer-director isn't out to dull the masses with cinematic opium. Embedded in the visionary headtrip of A Scanner Darkly is a hotly political call to arms...

3.0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

The most impressive thing about the film's technical wizardry is, finally, how unimpressive it is. One doesn't leave the movie with a mind blown by visual bedazzlement but with a soul shattered by the profound sense of tragedy Linklater and company so beautifully put across...

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The brilliance of A Scanner Darkly is how it suggests, without bombast or fanfare, the ways in which the real world has come to resemble the dark world of comic books...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Audiences will have to seek out their own peculiar diversions in order to last the whole course of this demi-dud...

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Isn't as dark or sinister as its source material, but it comes closer than any other filmed attempts to this point. It may only be a decent movie, but it's a pretty fine PKD adaptation...

3.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Its intelligence makes it near-essential viewing...

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

No matter how startling its visuals, A Scanner Darkly is inescapably a film about stoners lazing around and talking nonsense. Keanu is fine, in his usual bewildered way, but he has a hard time competing with Robert Downey Jr, on brilliant form as a paranoid motormouth loon. The film eventually makes a queasy kind of sense, but Linklater's predilection for long takes and improvisation can transform Keanu's nightmare into a bit of a trudge. Still, it's never less than incredibly beautiful to watch...

3.0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

This gifted writer-director isn't out to dull the masses with cinematic opium. Embedded in the visionary headtrip of A Scanner Darkly is a hotly political call to arms...

3.0
Premiere Magazine

Premiere Magazine

press

The most impressive thing about the film's technical wizardry is, finally, how unimpressive it is. One doesn't leave the movie with a mind blown by visual bedazzlement but with a soul shattered by the profound sense of tragedy Linklater and company so beautifully put across...

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

The brilliance of A Scanner Darkly is how it suggests, without bombast or fanfare, the ways in which the real world has come to resemble the dark world of comic books...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Audiences will have to seek out their own peculiar diversions in order to last the whole course of this demi-dud...

Film Threat

Film Threat

press

Isn't as dark or sinister as its source material, but it comes closer than any other filmed attempts to this point. It may only be a decent movie, but it's a pretty fine PKD adaptation...

3.0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Its intelligence makes it near-essential viewing...

4.0
BBC

BBC

press

No matter how startling its visuals, A Scanner Darkly is inescapably a film about stoners lazing around and talking nonsense. Keanu is fine, in his usual bewildered way, but he has a hard time competing with Robert Downey Jr, on brilliant form as a paranoid motormouth loon. The film eventually makes a queasy kind of sense, but Linklater's predilection for long takes and improvisation can transform Keanu's nightmare into a bit of a trudge. Still, it's never less than incredibly beautiful to watch...

3.0

Keanuu what were you thinking

A very strange and weird film turned it of after about 40 minutes just never understood it weird animation shot over the real characters

2.0