A Scanner Darkly (2006)

A Scanner Darkly - Bob Arctor

Finally saw the Richard Linklater ‘animated’ film of PK Dick’s A Scanner Darkly last night. Overall, so-so. I thought there were a couple great scenes of stoner paranoia/confusion (Freck’s attempted suicide and whole episode around Barris leaving the house door open). The animation helped make the ‘shift-suit’ concept work pretty well, although it was hard to understand how anyone could consistently identify the same character when many people are all wearing the suits.

The downside was mostly, for me, in the way the story twisted at the end. It just seemed to change the tenor of the film and felt a bit forced and tacked on. But certainly worth seeing. Watch out for Substance D!

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