A Scanner Darkly
After the use of rotoscope animation to depict the world of dreams in 2001’s waking life, richard linklater lower back to the format 5 years later for his simplest foray into sci-fi terrain in a scanner darkly, an variation of the autobiographical philip k. Dick novel. The visuals render linklater’s imaginative and prescient of a close to-destiny, drug-addled southern california with breathtaking surrealistic gusto, nearly evoking how the film’s collection of paranoid addicts perceives this world.
Maximum remarkably found out by linklater is one in every of sci-fi cinema’s neatest devices, the “scramble healthy,” a complete-frame uniform worn at instances via undercover cop bob arctor (keanu reeves) that constantly adjustments appearances. However it’s in the end linklater’s unfailing empathy for those characters, no matter how they're, that fits the movie’s technical prowess. At the same time as the film doesn’t turn away from a grim futuristic vision of an the usa that’s lost the battle on pills, linklater’s detailing of the toll of dependancy and indifference of the powers that be expresses an unusual compassion for the casualties of this type of battle.