A caustic and tragic tale of drug use in a haunting version of future America where a new drug causes loss of identity. Live-action photography overlaid with rotoscoping is used to re-create sci-fi author Philip K. Dick’s own experiences.
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Nothing compared to the genius of PKD's book.
'What does a scanner see? he asked himself. I mean, really see? Into the head? Down into the heart? Does a passive infrared scanner like they used to use or a cube-type holo-scanner like they use these days, the latest thing, see into me - into us - clearly or darkly? I hope it does, he thought, see clearly, because I can't any longer these days see into myself.'
Linklater went to great pains to make this as true to the original as I believe he could. While the book itself is even funnier, darker and more suspenseful, the movie manages to capture the hauntingly surreal feeling most of PKD's work elicit.
As a devoted Philip K. Dick fan, I am often horrified by the cinematic adaptations of his work (e.g. Total Recall). I had no doubts, however, when I first heard that Linklater was going to tackle this one. This is as faithful and loving an adaptation as I could have ever hoped for.
07/15 Let me be honest...I had zero expectations for this film. Like when you put Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Robert Downey Jr. on the same film, it's like a dream team, so I was watching for. them. I wasn't expecting for it to grow on me. Intelligent, very well put, a bit mind-fuck but generally brilliant. Good perfomace by Reeves.