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A Scanner Darkly (2006) Movie Information

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Richard Linklater


Keanu Reeves
Robert Downey Jr.
Rory Cochrane
Winona Ryder
Woody Harrelson
Mitch Baker





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In the near future, the war on drugs is taking its toll on society. Cops are spying on everyone, including other cops, all to try and clean up drug 'D'. No one is safe from this destructive drug or each other.

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Vincent_Price 01/09/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


One of the best animated - ish movies i've seen!

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mitchellyoung 07/15/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Despite the sci-fi setting, this film is essentially a heartbreaking portrait of the destructive nature of drug addiction. It's sort of a high-tech Requiem for a Dream. The rotoscoping animation style creates an other-worldly effect that makes the film more surreal and thought-provoking. One of Linklater's best films.

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jmccall 03/01/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Before you decide to not watch this movie just because Keanu Reeves is playing a serious role, get off your high horse and take a seat on the couch. This movie will rock your socks. Robert Downey Jr. and Woody Harrelson have some really great dialouge in this flick. It's hilarious. Aside from humor, this movie deals with some really philosophical issues. It's not just about drugs... Sometimes the plot can get hard to follow, so you might have to watch this movie more than once. Although the movie's theme can be a bit depressing, it really makes you think. All in all, this movie is definitely worth watching a couple times.

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goodfellamike 10/30/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Creative (and eerie looking) animated thriller, though its monotonous tone eventually becomes tiresome. FInal Grade: B

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04/19/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"A Scanner Darkly" by Yojimbo

Richard Linklater gives Philip K. Dick's anti-drug fable the anime treatment in this tale of an undercover narc, whose identity is kept secret from everyone (including his colleagues) leading to his becoming the subject of his own investigation. Technically, the actors all fulfill their relative niches, from Keanu's self-analysing stoner to Harrelson's wacky attention seeking and the visuals are fine if a little unsophisticated by today's standards. For me though, it was only for the last half hour, when the story FINALLY kicked in that it really grabbed my attention. The first hour of the film is exactly like being in the company of genuine druggies ie listening to a load of self-absorbed pretentious and paranoid bullshit blanketed in a psychaledic haze; it's actually so accurate it's ee...

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06/18/2007 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Simply amazing to watch, brilliant dialog and plot

Wow. This movie is spectacular. As I was watching it I couldn't help but be impressed with the style of animation and how effective it was for this type of film. There were no expressions or emotions lost but instead they were enhanced in the translation from traditional film to this cartoon effect that was put on the movie afterwards.

Asides from the obvious animation, the dialog was very believable. Robert Downey Jr. and Woody Harrelson did a great job portraying paranoid druggies that were always so quick to create conspiracy theories. Kenanu Reeves was so fucked up from drugs that it kept me interested until the very end.

The idea behind this movie is simply great and I haven't seen a movie portray drug addiction like this since Trainspotting. The movie is sad and intriguing a...

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