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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.


  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!

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

  3. Interesting effects.
    Thats a nice trailer :)

  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

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


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