A Scanner Darkly
Director: Richard Linklater Run Time: 100 min. Rating: R
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Rory Cochrane, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson
This 2006 film combines the dark dystopic vision of Philip K. Dick with Richard Linklater’s unique cinematic sensibility. Shot digitally and then animated using interpolated rotoscope, A Scanner Darkly stars Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder in a tale set in the not-to-distant future when America is losing the war of drugs and police surveillance and the mysterious drug Substance D is making everyone a little more paranoid and a little less certain of who they are. A Scanner Darkly is indeed a dark and dystopic take on drugs, technology, and the surveillance state.