Griff’s Film Of The Week: A Scanner Darkly (2006)
September 30, 2010 1 Comment
A Scanner Darkly is a terribly, terribly underrated and underexposed movie, that truly deserves some recognition for not only it’s incredible animation style and faithfulness to the source material, but also how well it handles these themes and philosophical questions.
Released in 2006 and directed by Richard Linklater, who also directed Dazed and Confused and The School of Rock. The story is taken from Philip K. Dick’s 1977 novel of the same name, which is widely regarded as one of his masterpieces and a gem of 70’s Science Fiction.
The story involves the antics and life of Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves), codename Fred, an undercover Narc in the near future and his spiral downward into addiction and psychosis.
Woody Harrelson plays Arctor’s stoned friend Ernie Luckman, and although he is excellent as usual, Robert Downey Jr. completely steals the show as Jim Barris. The little known Rory Cochrane also delights as the jittery and paranoid Charles Freck.
A Scanner Darkly is truly a faithful and entertaining adaption of Philip K. Dick’s masterpiece and a must see for anyone a fan of Sci-Fi, Stoner, or Philosophical films.
It’s a cult classic, and I’m not afraid to say it’s one of my personal favorites.
Total, total, total, total, totally, total: Total Providence!