A Scanner Darkly

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A Scanner Darkly
A Scanner Darkly
  • R
  • 1h 40m
  • 2006
Fresh67%
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America in the near future has lost the war against drugs. Paranoia reigns as 2 out of every 10 Americans have been hired by the government to spy on the other 8 in the name of national security and drug enforcement. Enter Fred, a reluctant undercover cop recruited by the government. To maintain his cover, Fred regularly ingests the popular Substance D. The drug has caused Fred to develop a split personality, of which he is unaware; his alter ego is Bob Arctor, a drug dealer. Fred's superiors set up a hidden holographic camera in his home as part of a sting operation to snare Bob. A "scramble suit" that changes his appearance allows Fred to appear on camera as Bob and prevents his colleagues from knowing his true identity. The camera in Fred/Bob's apartment reveals that Bob's friends regularly betray one another for the chance to score more drugs. Even Donna, a young dealer whom Bob/Fred loves, prefers the drug to human contact. Journey into the absurd, a place where identities and loyalties are impossible to decode, and where no one can be trusted--not even oneself. Welcome to the world of A Scanner Darkly.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Fresh67%
Critics Consensus: A faithful adaptation of Philip K. Dick's novel, A Scanner Darkly takes the viewer on a visual and mind-blowing journey into the author's conception of a drug-addled and politically unstable world.
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Empire Magazine Australasia
Luke Goodsell
Fresh

A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful Dick adaptation to date. Like Dick's writing, Richard Linkla...

January 7, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Provocative animated sci-fi. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated science fiction film includes frequent discussions of drugs, both real (cocaine) and not (something called Substance D). Addicts, dealers, and cops lie to each other and lament their loss of trust and community. Characters also drink and smoke cigarettes. A sex scene shows a woman's naked body (including exposed breasts) during the act, which is fairly explicit. There is rough language and some gritty images, incuding a drug addict imagining himself being shot in the head, and another throwing up while being admitted to an alleged rehab center.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Drama
  • Release Date:July 7, 2006
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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