A Scanner Darkly

Just watched this film again. I first watched it when it came out in 2006 and have seen it a few times since and I would tell you all to go and watch it. Firstly because you're all animation students, and this film is a very good experimental film to watch, it uses a keen rotoscoping style throughout (and leaves you thinking why bother no doubt), and secondly because it's a very good film regardless. The plot is tough to grasp at first, it revolves around a group of drug fiends and a police investigator, watching over them in a big brother patrolled state. But there is more to it than that, more than the actual plot of the film - the themes within are what is interesting narratively. It talks about the state we live in, big brother, and where we are headed (or have arrived.. - the book was written in the 70's), loss-of-many things, drug addiction and the casualties along the way. Ironically this film is one of them that 'you should watch on drugs'... but really watching it, you realise it is in retaliation to that stereotype.

Anywho a very good film, and two very worthwhile reasons to watch. It's in the library at uni.

Also, I realised watching it for the third time, this guy is also the cool stoner kid  out of 'Dazed and Confused'.. wahey!

What does a scanner see? Into the head? Down into the heart? Does it see into me? Into us? Clearly or darkly?

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