Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Director: Richard Linklater

Writers: Philip K. Dick, Richard Linklater

Composer: Graham Reynolds

Starring: Rory Cochrane, Robert Downey Jr., Mitch Baker, Keanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder, Dameon Clarke, Marco Perella

More info: IMDb

Tagline: What Does A Scanner See?

Plot: An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.

My rating: 7.5/10

Will I watch it again?  Nah.

Damn fine science fiction.  The animation style of rotoscoping was a brilliant decision.  It adds to the story in a way that live action couldn't do.  The performances are great and the script is intelligent and funny.  Nice score, too, Graham Reynolds!  I was engaged from the beginning and the ending had me by the short and curlies.  It's a real thinking man's flick and Linklater and pals did an excellent job all the way around.  Not much to say about this one except I really dug it.  Reeves can be hit and miss. Here, he hits.

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