A Scanner Darkly. 2006. USA. Directed by Richard Linklater. Screenplay by Linklater, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. With Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey, Jr., Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson. 35mm print courtesy of Warner Bros. 100 min.
With its trembly animation and manic-depressive comic turns by Robert Downey, Jr., and Woody Harrelson, A Scanner Darkly captures the neurotic paranoia and sad, demented humor of Philip K. Dick’s novel. Richard Linklater’s neo-noir thriller involves an undercover cop (Keanu Reeves) assigned to root out the junkies and dealers of Substance D, only to form his own addiction to the mind-warping drug.