Adult Animated Movie #1 (Please click the link to read my review of Blade Runner, another film that was inspired by a novel from Philip K. Dick. Come to think of it, this would have been perfect for my salute to addiction movies)
Synopsis: Hilarity ensues when L.A. junkies interact. Hmm...that sounds a bit like Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie without the belly laughs...
Blurb From the DVD Jacket: “What does a scanner see? Into the head? Into the heart?”
What Did I Learn?: 1) It’s not that easy to make a functional silencer for a pistol. 2) The world is getting progressively worse. 3) Cats can be described as: “Drippy little things, moving along, about a foot above the ground.” 4) The most dangerous kind of person is the one who’s afraid of his own shadow.
You Might Like This Movie If: You'll watch anything that involves the word "scanner."
Really?: So, wait... who exactly sabotaged Bob’s (Keanu Reeves) brakes? The most likely suspect is Barris (Robert Downey Jr.), but he’s *in* the car with the other goofballs on a trip to San Diego when the troubles begin. I realize they’re all druggies, and therefore a little lacking in the judgement department, but that’s really dumb.
Rating: Much like Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly is a highly original, well-written, and incredibly thought-provoking combination of live action and creative animation. Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder are both quite good, but Downey Jr. steals the movie as the wormy-but-extremely funny Barris. Check it out if you get the chance. 10/10 stars.