By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Independent
A Scanner Darkly
The early reviews for A Scanner Darkly continue to improve with the biggest question being how Warner Independent plans to market this type of film.
Scanner Darkly Reviews
There was another screening of A Scanner Darkly but this time over at Brandeis University. It turns out that people were told about the film -- no secret screening this time -- and the competition to get into the theatre was fierce. And it should be, as this group of viewers enjoyed the film.
The good people over at AICN have recently received two new reviews for the film and they, unlike the ones before them, are very positive about the movie as a whole.
As for the movie itself, it's going to be tough to sell to audiences as it seems to tell the same story through a few different methods. At a basic plot level, it is the story of a man (Keanu) who both works for the government as a specialized undercover cop by the generic name of "Fred," and is an addict named Bob Arctor who mingles daily with a group of friends and other addicts.
To sum it up, Linklater has made a great film here.... it certainly wont appeal to everyone, and a number of people are going to walk out not quite sure what they just watched. But if nothing else, audiences can rest assured that A Scanner Darkly is a faithful and captivating adaptation of Phillip K. Dick's novel (in fact, the movie closes with a list of people close to Dick that succumbed to addiction, which adds a very personal touch to the film as a whole).
And what a film it was!
Linklater and Keanu Reeves are reportedly both Philip K. Dick fanatics, but even so, I was surprised at how faithful the story was to the novel.
Considering that I loved the original novel and have now been anxiously awaiting A Scanner Darkly to come to theatres for over a year now, these positive reviews come with a sigh of relief.
Check out thenew reviews for A Scanner Darkly at AICN.
The Scanner Darkly had its recent release date, September 16th,
pushed back to some time in March, 2006.