A Scanner Darkly (2006) Movie Review

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2006 | R | Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Crime, Animation
100 minutes /

User Score: 67/100

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A Scanner Darkly Review


An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.

Richard Linklater (Before Sunset (2004), Boyhood (2014), Before Midnight (2013), Dazed and Confused (1993)) delivers an awesome mystery in A Scanner Darkly (2006) with Keanu Reeves (The Matrix (1999), Speed (1994), The Devil’s Advocate (1997), John Wick (2014)) as an undercover cop who took a dangerous new drug. This film had an estimated budget of $8.7 million with a turnout at the box office of $5.4 million. This movie is 100 minutes long and is rated R.

A Scanner Darkly has Keanu Reeves as Bob Arctor, an undercover cop who helped himself to some dangerous drugs. That alone should have your ears perked up and ready to see what happens next. Wait there is more, Barris (a refreshing pre-Iron Man Robert Downey, Jr.The Avengers (2012), Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 3 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)) and Luckman ( Woody Harrelson), Charles Freck (Rory Cochrane - Argo (2012), Dazed and Confused (1993), Black Mass (2015)), and Donna Hawthorne ( Winona Ryder - Edward Scissorhands (1990), Black Swan (2010), Girl, Interrupted (1999), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)) also round out the cast of drugged actors. Reeves is trying desperately to find the supplier but just cannot say no when offered the drugs leading to his spiral of not knowing the difference between either state of his identities.

While watching A Scanner Darkly closely and excitedly… I was laughing out loud a few times. The actors all did a great job with their roles and Robert Downey, Jr. as Barris is hilarious. I loved watching Reeves try to figure out if he is Officer Fred spying on everyone as Bob or if he is Bob pretending to be Officer Fred at work. What a trippy mess but interesting and exciting.

About A Scanner Darkly 2006

Title: A Scanner Darkly
Year: 2006
Runtime: 100 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Crime, Animation
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.3/5 stars from 6 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 6
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Gary Teague, Winona Ryder, Woody Harrelson, Jason Douglas, Lisa Marie Newmyer, Marco Perella, Melody Chase, Rory Cochrane, Rommel Sulit, Joe Basquez, Sarah Menchaca, Jonathan Cacy, Leif Anders, Jack Cruz, Turk Pipkin, Alex Jones, Wilbur Penn, Mitch Baker, Ken Webster, Sean Allen, Hugo Perez, Cliff Haby, Steven Chester Prince, Dameon Clarke, Natasha Valdez, Christopher Ryan, Mark Turner, Leila Plummer
Writers: Philip K. Dick, Richard Linklater
Director: Richard Linklater