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Scanner Darkly

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Tookey's Rating
3 /10
Average Rating
6.18 /10
Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr. , Woody Harrelson
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Directed by: Richard Linklater
Written by: Richard Linklater, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick

Released: 2006
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 100

Opaque, and not worth reflecting upon.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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BR>At his best - in School of Rock and Before Sunset - writer-director Richard Linklater has a way with both words and actors that suggests a remarkable talent. At his worst, as in his last adult cartoon Waking Life, he's rambling and verbose and achingly, self-consciously hip.

I'm sorry to say that A Scanner Darkly falls into the latter category. Based on one of Philip K. Dick's most paranoid, drug-addled sci-fi fantasies, it's a long-winded, boring cartoon featuring boring, long-winded characters.

There are few people more tedious to watch or listen to than those who are habitually stoned.

Robert Downey Jr, Woody Harrelson and Winona Ryder may have personal interest in the subject-matter, but they conspicuously fail to make their long scenes of dialogue remotely interesting or amusing.

Poor Keanu Reeves - with the central role of an undercover drugs-enforcement officer who finds himself investigating not only his friends but himself - seems even more confused and unintelligible than his character is supposed to be. Even if you do manage to sick it with it to the end (in which case you will be rewarded with a couple of neat plot-twists), you may well feel that an animated Keanu Reeves is quintessentially a contradiction in terms.

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