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A Scanner Darkly

I’ve been waiting for this for quite some time.
I rarely go to the theatre, generally preferring to wait for DVD, but this one — I was ready. It opened tonight… but not in my area. Damn.

Embedded in the visionary headtrip of A Scanner Darkly is a hotly political call to arms.
– Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Slipped into the summer movie season like acid in your happy meal, Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly is a blockbuster of counterprogramming. […] Linklater’s return to Waking Life’s surreally pulsing world of rotoscope animation — and his flashback to Philip K. Dick’s like-titled drug dystopia of the late ’70s — is a prefab cult flick pitched to a drastically underserved group of filmgoers: stoners, depressives, bookworms, conspiracy theorists, movie critics, and various other head-scratching freaks for whom the promise of Hollywood action sounds more like a threat. What a breath of fresh air this stifling, claustrophobic, boldly uningratiating vision of an American subculture’s last gasp imparts to its contrarian core audience.
– Rob Nelson, SF Weekly

This movie definitely isn’t for everyone, and from what I’ve heard, is a very bleak look at a drug war world that Philip K. Dick pessimistically predicted, without giving any answers, but it seems relevant to today. I’m a big fan of both Philip K. Dick and Linklater’s work.
Use this thread to discuss the movie (and assume that there may be spoilers).

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