“A Scanner Darkly”

May 21, 2006 3:29 PM

A Scanner Darkly” is a movie that I’m very keen to watch. It’s based on a Philip K. Dick short story, like so many other sci-fi movies such as “Blade Runner”, “Total Recall” and “Minority Report”. All movies that I love. The man’s a genius and a visionary.

The premise for “A Scanner Darkly” is that Big Brother is pervasive and “everything that you do is recorded”. In the movie, Keanu Reeve’s character is an undercover cop ordered to spy on his friends who are suspected to be drug users.

From the official press release:

When he is directed to step up the surveilance on himself, he is launched on a paranoid journey into the absurb, where identities and loyalties are impossible to decode.

The movie is also unique in that:

Like a graphic novel come to life, “A Scanner Darkly” will use live action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process (interpolated rotoscoping) to create a haunting, highly stylized vision of the future.

Can’t wait.

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7 thoughts on ““A Scanner Darkly”

  1. virgin_undergrad

    wow, the graphics are damn cool! are those really from the movie or just promo shots?

    U’re so right, Philip K Dicks is a total genius! in fact, he’s very adept at non-sci-fi books too. I just finished reading Confessions Of a Crap Artist sometime ago, and i must say, he’s probably just as good at writing subtle fiction as swashbuckling dystopian sci-fi.

  2. mooiness Post author

    Herman: Actually, the sort of paranoid delusional state that the character goes through suits the stoner wooden acting that is Keanu Reeve’s. That is what was so good about the first Matrix. 🙂

    Loong: yup it sure does!

    v.u.: go watch the trailer at the official site. Those are actually scenes from the movie.

  3. CherryRipe

    I’m *very* keen to see this as well, having first read about it in Feb – loved Richard Linklater’s ‘Waking Life’ – i think they use the same rotoscope technique in WL as they do in ASD.

  4. mooiness Post author

    koyuuken: hehe, lemme guess you have a long dark trench coat hidden in your closet somewhere right?

    Cherry: yeah same, except more advanced this time round.


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