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A Scanner Darkly

Darsteller / Actors Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson, Rory Cochrane 
Regie / Director Richard Linklater 
Total run time
100 min
Vö / Release
FSK/not under:
bereits erschienen/already released
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Not knowing this movie is a mistake. A big one. Definitely disturbing, hilariously funny and including excellent performances by a top acting staff... what more to say?

Synopsis: Set in the L.A of a not-too-distant future, America has lost its "war" on drugs, and there is a new ultra-addictive and eventually brain-damaging substance "D" that rules the market. Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves), an undercover cop and also hooked on “D”, follows orders to spy on his friends Jim Barris (Robert Downey Jr.), Ernie Luckman (Woody Harrelson), Donna Hawthorne (Winona Ryder) and Charles Freck (Rory Cochrane). When he is directed to step up the surveillance on himself, he is launched on a paranoid journey into the absurd...

I have not quite given up hope yet that this brilliant little film will be screened at a festival near your city, otherwise just get the DVD version that just came out! Really, GET IT! And perhaps you have to look for it in the animation section, because it was filmed in live-action, and then animated via rotoscope process. Therefore not only the visual style is mindboggling, the story leaves you at least slightly startled... no wonder, it is based on a classic novel by Philip K. Dick (“Blade Runner”). In Helsinki´s movie theaters it topped the “Animated Film” charts for it´s three months, it also received two awards, Best Animation, Online Film Critics Society, Best Animated Film, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA).

And, well, it contains enough “adult” material to be R-rated in the States (in Finland K-15).

Klaudia Weber

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