What does a scanner see? Into the head? Into the heart? From the novel by Philip L. Dick - the sci-fi legend whose works-to-film include Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report - comes A Scanner Darkly, brought to the screen by filmmaker Richard Linklater with an edgy graphic-novel look. The time: just beyond now. The place: suburbia. The story: a twisted, funny tale of people hooked on Substance D. And of a government that cheerfully destroys its citizens - their rights, their relationships - in order to save them. Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder and Rory Cochrane play strung-out friends terrified of each other and of spies. Keanu Reeves plays a spy who's also one of the friends... until his two personalities begin to split. Enjoy the paranoia. Nobody's watching you. Really.
Looks great but that's it!
- A Scanner Darkly review by Rubber Ducky
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A fantstic film to look at, A Scanner Darkly looks like traditional animation, CGI and real life action all rolled into one. Unfortunately, the film is not well put together; it is slow paced, confusing and difficult to follow. There are some funny moments, but my overall impression from watching the film was of boredom. A shame, as the Philip K Dick novel, which I haven't read, sounds fascinating.
- A Scanner Darkly review by Tony, Birmingham
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As rubber ducky said the film looks great, a nice edgy graphic novel appearence. But film is confusing and a little muddled to say the least. Which is a shame as the film gives us great performances especially Winona Ryder, who I never really rated as an actress, but this film shows she has some genuine talent. Backing her up we have Robert Downey Jr, giving a fine comic performance as a somewhat bemused friend of Keanu and Woody Harrelson's characters, is he friend or informer?
Woody alas is at times annoyingly OTT whilst Reaves proves he isn't always as wooden as he can be in other movies. But this is a mixed package, looks great but may need more than one viewing to make it clear what's going on. It's always an ambitious thing to do, adapting a Philip K. Dick story, and it's been done before and well. Blade Runner for one but this is a valiant attempt but falls a little short. The extra features may help to clear things up somewhat, so watch the extra features, it may help understand the plot.
- A Scanner Darkly review by Steve Mason
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You rated this film: 4
Philip K. Dick is rotoscoped (the film is digitally processed to give the effect of animation) in a paranoid, dystopian conspiracy thriller featuring Woody Harrelson, Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey as drug damaged drop outs! Only, Reeves is a cop, and every day he puts on a scramble suit to go to work! Can be watched sober.