A Scanner Darkly (2006, Movie) – 2/10 review

Director: Richard Linklater
Keanu Reeves: Bob Arctor
Robert Downey, Jr.: James Barris
Woody Harrelson: Ernie Luckman
Winona Ryder: Donna Hawthorne
Rory Cochrane: Charles Freck
Head of Animation: Bob Sabiston
Head of Animation: Jason Archer
Head of Animation: Paul Beck
Writer (Original Novel): Philip K. Dick
Writer (Screenplay): Richard Linklater

Scanner Darkly, A (2006)

Addiction to D is seriously afflicting society but undercover cop ‘Fred’ finds himself becoming suspected of being a high-player in the drug-supply industry.


Movies about drug addicts are frequently incredibly dull, feature unlikeable characters and very rarely highlight the reasons for and positive effects of taking drugs. A Scanner Darkly ignores being balanced and providing interesting characters but attempts to circumvent the problem of being dull by rotoscope animation. It doesn’t work; this is still dull and, chances are, you’ll have turned off before a mildly interesting conclusion.

This movie contains sexual swear words and substance abuse and extreme imagined violence and brief but strong sex scene, full male and female nudity.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


One thought on “A Scanner Darkly (2006, Movie) – 2/10 review

  1. Linklater never pretends that he has all the answers, but he asks the questions in such an interesting, elegant fashion that you’ll be glad you came along for the ride. Nice stuff you got here, check out my review when you can!

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