A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly ★★½ 2006 (R)
Trippy, faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 1977 novel of the same name fore casts a blurry, drug-fueled world of para noia in which the government not only lis tens to phone calls but watches its deniz ens through ambiguous undercover police whose identities are secret even to their bosses. Fred (Reeves) is one such agent, ordered to spy on his pillpopping friends (Downey Jr., Harrelson, Cochrane, and Ryder) and the owner of the house where they drop in to check out, who happens to be another incarnation of himself. Confusing? That's the point. Director Linklater utilizes a technique known as “interpolated rotoscoping,” essentially digitally adding a layer of animation over footage of live actors, which effectively enhances the alteredstates feel. 102m/C DVD, Bluray Disc, HD DVD . US Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Rory Cochrane, Melody Chase, Lisa Marie Newmyer; D: Richard Linklater; W: Richard Linklater; C: Shane Kelly; M: Graham Reynolds.