A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater – 2006) B-

I actually started watching this thinking it was Linklater’s other similarly animated film, Waking Life. I totally forgot he had two movies animated in this Rotoscope style. I had seen Waking Life over 15 years ago and I remember it was brilliant. Scanner Darkly is fine. It’s based on a Phillip K. Dick story about an undercover detective (Keanu Reeves) who is supposed to be infiltrating a drug operation and figuring out where a certain powerful drug is coming from. He soon starts questioning which of his identities and realities is the real one as he gets hooked on the drug he is chasing. It’s a good story with good characters and performances. I need to see Waking Life again.


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