Drawing the lines of reality

July 19, 2006

A Scanner Darkly (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405296/)

A Scanner Darkly

I have trouble reviewing movies I enjoy. What is there really to say? “Oh, uh… the movie was really good.” In any case, just go see this one. The film deals with a drug epidemic caused by a pill called Substance D. The police are hot on trying to catch any dealers and suppliers of this harmful pill. A Scanner Darkly stars many big names like Keanu, Winona, Woody H, and a drug veteran Downey Jr. The entire cast is quite excellent, and Woody and Robert Downey Jr. provide many comedic moments (I enjoyed the 18 speed bike scene). Keanu Reeves plays detective Fred who is told to surveil “Bob Arctor,” a druggy. Bob Arctor, however, is Keanu Reeves’ undercover identity which becomes a substantial personality due to his Substance D addiction. Confused yet? Seeing the movie will ultimately clear things up.

Is that really the point though? The movie deals with the effects of drugs on reality and perception, and the rotoscope animation as many critics have noted, gives the film a dream-like drug induced reality. With a quick glance at the screen, our minds trick us into thinking the film is live action. It’s just a cartoon, though. Just a cartoon.

I have decided that my review cannot do justice to this film. I don’t really know what to say other than “see this movie”. I’m afraid of revealing something which you may discover for yourself – you just have to experience it, because its fresh and it works.

4 bottles of Substance D out of a case of 5

Next time: Family matters **SPECIAL PRE-REVIEW This flick is not yet in theaters!**

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