Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A Skanner Darkly (4)



(Watch the Trailer)

Based on the amazing novel by Philip K. Dick.

An undercover cop in the near future comes in contact with a new drug and begins to lose himself in the new world and new person he is slowly becoming.

The cast in this movie should be enough to make anyone want to watch it: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr, Woody Harrelson and Winona Ryder.

Keanu was actually pretty perfect in this role. I don't care what anyone says about his acting and what not but sometimes the way he does act is exactly the way the character should be and that's probably why he keeps making movies...face it, no one can be Keanu like Keanu. These are facts of life.

Robert Downey Jr. could make a movie of his left nostril and I would like it, because it would be amazing. I don't know how this man does it but I think he has taken over the "actor that can do anything" thrown (sorry Johnny Depp). Really though, this guy can do just about anything and add so many little twitches, nods, habits and looks that full a character up so completely and so smoothly. Outstanding. Love it.

Woody Harrelson is beyond hilarious in this movie. While I don't like Winona Ryder she wasn't around all that much so it didn't really bother me all that much.

I love the look of this movie. The type of animation it was done in was still really new at the time it came out (2006). I remember watching The Waking Life and being mind blown, same thing in this film. Love the style. Adds an extra sense of mystery to the movie.

This is not a simple film, it can get heavy at times and digs into some touchy subjects. Addiction, the government and drugs, personal struggle and loss, alienation and death. Yet, there is enough comedy to keep you alive until the credits roll. Prepare to think...

Definitely one of the better drug related movies in my opinion.

4/5

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