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Paranoia, Drugs and Dark, Dark Humour,
This review is from: A Scanner Darkly [DVD]  (DVD)
A Scanner Darkly is the film adaptation of Philip K. Dick's semi-autobiographical book by the same name. It is a dystopian vision of the future set in Orange County, America. The main protagonist, Bob Arctor (Reeves), is a covert operative of the Orange County police force, sent to infiltrate and report on the users and dealers of a mind destroying drug, Substance D. The crux of the film is that Arctor, through use of this drug, looses his perspective on reality as a law enforcement officer and begins to investigate his alter-ego drug using self.
If you're looking for a film with lots of guns and fast paced action sequences, this is not the film for you. It's a slow burning, thought provoking picture which wallows in an atmosphere of murk, confusion and drug induced paranoia. Despite this, there are moments where this film's dark and trippy sense of humour will not fail to put a smile on your face. It has an all star cast but seeks to give you something different and altogehter edgier than you might expect from the mainstream industry.
This film is massively under-appreciated, and so few people have even heard of it - which is strange considering the casting. Take a chance, break from the crowd, get a film that will blow your mind... if you let it.