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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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.
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.'
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. Dick would have been very proud.
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.