A Scanner Darkly is kinda cool. Its kinda trippy, but its kinda cool too. I have never been a fan of Philip K. Dick‘s novels or short stories. Not because I read his stuff and didn’t like it, I just never felt inclined to read any. That said, I love the movies made from his material. What’s not to love about Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, Paycheck, etc.
A Scanner Darkly attracted me first because it was rotoscoped – a technique I have been in love with since Bakshi‘s film, Fire and Ice. The acting was actually pretty subpar, but the visuals and the storyline kept me interested. The surprise twist at the end wasn’t really all that surprising, but it was still an enjoyable film.
RATING 8 out of 10