Sunday, July 9, 2006

Reviewed by Robert Larson

“A Scanner Darkly” is a brilliant visual delight that sets your mind afire, frightens you, makes you laugh, toys with you and ultimately causes you to question — everything. This is, in a sense, not surprising given that it is the gifted filmmaker Richard Linklater’s interpretation of Philip K. Dick’s book of the same name.Dick was one of the greatest writers America has produced, and this is the latest in a line of film adaptations of his works (“Blade Runner,” “Total Recall,” Minority Report”). Though filled with deep quirky humor, his stories usually dealt with huge mysteries: What is reality? What does it mean to be human? How do you define a conscious being? What is consciousness? How do you know you’re not already dead? These existential / numinous quandaries are usually played out by an everyman in bizarre circumstances. This is ceratinly the caes in “Scanner” where we see a slightly future Anaheim, CA in the midst of a more extreme, more paranoid drug (terror) war.

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