Monday, December 04, 2006

A Scanner Darkly


I just got back from the movie palace. I went and saw A Scanner Darkly, the film version of the Phillip K Dick novel about a young narcotics officer who infiltrates a ‘drug household’ and ends up getting hooked himself.
The movie was shot live action then animated, a very time-consuming process no doubt, but the result was awesome, in particular the scenes where the narcs are wearing their scramble suits. The scene near the end in the cornfield was pretty cool too.
The cast was terrific – Keanu Reeves, Woody Harrelson, Robert Downey Jr and Winona Ryder.
I can’t say how faithful the film was to the novel because I read that novel many years ago, way back when I had only just begun to bake my own brain. (What is that sizzling sound? Is there a barbecue next door?) The feeling I got however was that Linklater had been faithful to the spirit of the book.
This one will make it into my Top Ten for sure.

6 comments:

Alan Smithee said...

today i saw the grudge 2 announced at the cinema. sweet!

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Alan Smithee said...

is it me or does reeves looks a bit like you in that poster?

Stratu said...

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Stratu said...

Alan, you are not the only one who sees a resemblance. I was at work the other day opening the mail when the shop manager came in with two new staff and introduced them to me. There was a man and a woman. The woman popped her eyes out and said "OMFG, you look like Keanu Reeves!" It made me feel uncomfortable because they all started examining me closely to see the resemblance. I started sweating and stuttering. They probably thought, "He may look like Keanu, but he sure wouldn't make it as an actor, stuttering and sweating like that. What a freak."
What I should have said was, "The reason for the resemblance is simple - we are brothers. Unfortunately, he got the successful acting career, I got the anxiety disorder. Haw!"

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