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A Scanner Darkly (2006)

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Starring (View all)
Rory Cochrane Rory Cochrane
Charles Freck
Robert Downey Jr. Robert Downey Jr.
James Barris
Mitch Baker Mitch Baker
Brown Bear Lodge Host
Keanu Reeves Keanu Reeves
Bob Arctor
Sean Allen Sean Allen
Additional Fred Scramble Suit Voice
Cliff Haby Cliff Haby
Voice from Headquarters
Winona Ryder Winona Ryder
Donna Hawthorne


Written by
Richard Linklater Richard Linklater
(screenplay)


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A Scanner What?

11 years, 8 months ago at Apr 9 1:12
4 votes
First off I never quite understood the meaning behind this films animated adaptation. The animation was awful, something any first design student could have pulled off with a hacked version of Adobe Flash Pro. How Keanu Reeves manages a career in the acting business I will never know. Although Robert Downey Jr. poured in a decent performance, I hardly think it was a stretch from his normal life. ... read more

A let down

11 years, 10 months ago at Feb 12 14:14
3 votes
Grand Assault's review is spot on in this case. I too wanted this movie to be so much more, and was fascinated by the trippy animation, but overrall it was a dissapointment. This film had a great theme and animation, and the 'concept' of the plot was decent, but through most of the movie, the dialogue was just too distracting and off-topic that I just got lost and stopped caring about what happe... read more

Clearly? Or darkly?

10 years, 1 month ago at Nov 11 15:55
3 votes
''The pain, so unexpected and undeserved had for some reason cleared away the cobwebs. I realized I didn't hate the cabinet door, I hated my life... My house, my family, my backyard, my power mower. Nothing would ever change; nothing new could ever be expected. It had to end, and it did. Now in the dark world where I dwell, ugly things, and surprising things, and sometimes little wondrous things, ... read more
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Description: Set in the not-too-distant future where a new drug, substance D, has created an epidemic, 'A Scanner Darkly' charts the mental unraveling of Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves). Arctor is an undercover cop who has been assigned to track a group of individuals who include the druggily verbose Barris (Robert Downey Jr.), the hyper-intense Luckman (Woody Harrelson), the ultra-paranoid Freck (Rory Cochrane), and the beautiful Donna (Winona Ryder). As the film unfolds and Arctor finds himself abusing substance D in order to maintain his façade, his mind begins to spin out of control, to the point where he doesn't know what's real and what isn ... (more)
Release date: 28 July 2006
Tags: Animation (30), Sci-fi (24), Drugs (20), Mystery (19), Thriller (15), 2006 (13), Drama (12), 2000s (8), Dystopia (7), Undercover (7), Indie (5), (5), Adaptation (4), Philip K. Dick (4), Animated (4), Usa (4), Drug Addiction (3), Crime (3), Rotoscoping (3), Deception (3)
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