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Scanner Darkly, A (2006) [Blu-Ray]


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Three 1/2 out of Five

Movie

Rating: R (drug and sexual content, language and a brief violent image)
Length: 100 minutes

Video

Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)

Audio

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1

Captions

English, French, Spanish

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Plot

An undercover cop (Reeves) is investigating the distribution of a new drug that is destroying millions of people. To fit in, he is also taking the drug which, as you can imagine, messes him up too; reality for him is becoming a blur.

Pros

The acting is excellent. Reeves plays his typical non-emotional role, Harrelson is the "crazy" guy always overreacting, Cochrane as the really drugged-up beyond hope junkie, Downey Jr. as the intellectual smartass of the group and Ryder as the coked-up girlfriend. It takes a little while to get into the film, but once you do it's not only a lot of fun, but it will make you think.

Cons

It's animation! Good animation, ok, but animation nonetheless. For me, I lose all emotional ties to characters when they're cartoons and this story has such a strong storyline. Not "Requiem for a Dream" strong but not too far behind. This would have been MUCH better if shot live; MUCH better.

Extras

  • Audio Commentary With Keanu Reeves, Writer/Director Richard Linklater, Producer Tommy Pallotta, Author Jonathan Lethem and Philip K. Dick's Daughter Isa Dick-Hacket
  • "One Summer in Austin" - The Sotry of Filiming A Scanner Darkly
  • "The Weight of the Line: Animation Tales" Featurette
  • Theatrical Trailer

Recommendation

Great movie that shouldn't have been made as a cartoon. Once you get past the first 15-20 minutes it's a fun ride with great actors. Just wish we could see their real faces and emotions and let's face it, Winona is way cuter in real life.

Director

Richard Linklater   [Dazed and Confused]

Actors

Sean Allen - Additional Fred Scramble Suit Voice (voice)
Mitch Baker - Brown Bear Lodge Host
Rory Cochrane - Charles Freck
[Dazed and Confused, Hart's War]
Robert Downey Jr. - James Barris
[Good Night and Good Luck, Gothika, Iron Man, Kiss Kiss Bang Band, Natural Born Killers, Zodiac]
Chamblee Ferguson - Medical Deputy #2
Cliff Haby - Voice from Headquarters (voice)
Woody Harrelson - Ernie Luckman
[After the Sunset, Natural Born Killers, No Country For Old Men, The People vs Larry Flynt, The Thin Red Line, Wag the Dog]
Sarah Menchaca - Arctor's Daughter #2
Steven Chester Prince - Cop
Angela Rawna - Medical Deputy #1
Keanu Reeves - Bob Arctor
[Bram Stroker's Dracula, Constantine, The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), The Devil's Advocate, Johnny Mnemonic, The Matrix/Reloaded/Revolutions, Point Break, Speed]
Winona Ryder - Donna Hawthorne
[Alien: Resurrection, Beetle Juice, Bram Stroker's Dracula, Edward Scissorhands, Heathers]
Eliza Stevens - Arctor's Daughter #1
Mark Turner - Additional Hank Scramble Suit Voice (voice)
Natasha Valdez - Waitress

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