A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Scanner Darkly, A (2006, USA) C-100m. * D: Richard Linklater. Starring Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Rory Cochrane, David Cronenberg. Adaptation of a 1977 Philip K. Dick novel set in the near future, where main character Reeves is a cop of sorts, a spy, whose looks change every nano-second. He goes undercover to nail drug dealer Downey, but soon finds himself 'trapped' in their world, especially when he takes some of their valued Substance D. Filmed with real actors, then animated, which lends the film some style, but also keeps this rather artificial. The plot is uneven. Contains odd humorous touches, as well as identity-crisis elements a la BLADE RUNNER (1982). A misfire, much too immersed in its own weirdness. Screenplay by director Linklater.

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