Director: Richard Linklater.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson. USA 2006. 100 mins.
Based on legendary science-fiction author Philip K. Dick's own experiences, A SCANNER DARKLY tells the blackly comic but deeply tragic tale of drug use in the modern world.
America's futile war on drugs has become one and the same with its war on terror. Reluctant undercover cop Bob Arctor (Reeves) follows orders to start spying on his drug-addicted friends, Jim (Downey Jr), Ernie (Harrelson), Donna (Ryder) and Charles (Rory Cochrane). When he is directed to step up the surveillance on himself, he is launched on a paranoid journey into the absurd, where identities and loyalties are impossible to decode.
A SCANNER DARKLY plays like a graphic novel come to life, with live-action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process. Faithful to his source material, Linklater has succeeded in creating a haunting version of America, seven years from now.