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Director Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel about a highly addictive and brain-altering drug that is ravaging the Los Angeles of the future. Reeves plays Bob Arctor, an undercover cop in too deep, who leads a double life by dutifully reporting to his superiors while effectively having abandoned whatever normal existence he had for the new drug. Features a talented supporting cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder and Robert Downey Jr. Like a graphic novel come to life, this film utilizes live action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process to create a haunting, highly stylized vision of the future. The technology was first employed in Linklater’s 2001 film Waking Life and he has perfected the art here.
Reviews Counted: 178
Fresh: A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful Dick adaptation to date. Like Dick's writing, Richard Linklater's movie doesn't sweat at immersing itself in the trappings of sci-fi; it's concerned with ideas.-Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia, November 07, 2012
Fresh: Not nearly as coherent, cinematic or fulfilling as it should have been.-Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy, July 06, 2010
Fresh: The coolest thing about the movie version of A Scanner Darkly is how very literally it takes the scanner part of that title.-Bob Mondello, NPR.org, October 18, 2008
Fresh: this dystopian paranoid thriller tracks addiction in all its highs and lows, and offers a dignified elegy for its misguided casualties.-Anton Bitel, Film4, June 13, 2007