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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Scanner Darkly: 2006

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A Scanner Darkly is a 2006 movie with Keanu Reeves,Winona Ryder and Robert Downey Jr. based on the Philip K Dick novel of the same name. The story revolves around a narcotics agent, who also poses as a drug user, and gradually gets more and more involved into the lifestyle of his junkie friends. 


The film makes use of a technique that saw some amazing movies back in the days. Rotoscoping, although it never became very popular, is a style, where the movie is shot in live action, and later on hand drawn images are layered over the footage in order to create the effect of an animated film with a full 3D depth panning and tilting of the camera. 


As far as the story goes A Scanner Darkly is reminiscent of movies such as Trainspotting, Requiem for a Dream, The Acid House, although the 1977 book far predates the sources of those titles. Other titles that make use of the rotoscoping technique are Waking Life and Sin City.






10 comments:

  1. I liked Requiem for a Dream, honestly. I don't know if many people did, but it was good, Sin City also. In my honest opinion - I don't know why Keanu Reeves gets so much hate.. I mean, he even looks sad! People have a soul!

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  2. The visual effects in that movie are amazing. It takes a little bit of concentration to understand though.

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  3. Interesting effects.
    Thats a nice trailer :)

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  4. I don't remember this film, given what it's about, i'm sure I would hehe, think I might have to download it ^_^ Cheers for the heads up

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  5. wow never heard of this film ... have to go find this now :D

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