A Scanner Darkly
The book and movie are set in suburban Orange County, California in a future where America has lost the war on drugs. When one reluctant undercover cop (Keanu Reeves) is ordered to start spying on his friends, he is launched on a paranoid journey into the absurd, where identities and loyalties are impossible to decode. It is a cautionary tale of drug use based on Philip K. Dick's own experiences.
Scheduled to open 7 July, the movie stars Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Winona Ryder and Rory Cochrane and is written for the screen and directed by Richard Linklater.
Like a graphic novel come to life, A Scanner Darkly will use live action photography overlaid with an advanced animation process (interpolated rotoscoping) to create a haunting, highly stylized vision of the future. The technology, first employed in Richard Linklater's 2001 film Waking Life, has evolved to produce even more emotional impact and detail.
I know where I will be the afternoon of Friday, 7 July! How about you...? I can only hope the movie proves to be as good as this trailer. (Watch it here. And grant it an extra moment or two to load...)
-- David M Gordon / The Deipnosophist