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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark look at the drug subculture, August 13, 2006
This review is from: A Scanner Darkly (Theatrical Release)
I enjoyed this movie thoroughly. It is not a movie glorifying drug use. It is a disturbingly accurate portrayal of the paranoia, confusion, selfishness and loss of personality that comes with the territory of being a junky. All told in a mildly sci-fi, hallucinatory and even humorous manner with a slight twist at the end. But don't be dissuaded if this sounds too heavy. It is quite entertaining, humorous and filled with great performances.

I am a little surprised at some of the reactions to this movie from people that couldn't understand it, or had trouble visualizing the movie with the unique animation, or didn't see the change in tone to a darker story that was blaringly obvious. To me the animation style was essential and even the scatter suits were reminiscent of the visualizations one gets on psychedelic drugs. The two doctors which were competing just like the two halves of his brain was amazing. The scene where he looks around his bosses desk and his visualizations aren't quite right is spine-tingling. The confused, paranoid, stoner scenes were brilliantly funny and equally disturbing but also very easy to follow. The performances particularly by Robert Downey Jr. were dead-on accurate, extremely entertaining personalities.

So don't be dissuaded by reviewers criticizing the specifics of the arresting animation, or who were confused by the plot and therefore thought it was thin and hard to follow. The problem in these cases lies with the viewer. This is a deeply emotional, easy to follow but very entertaining look at the drug subculture.
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Initial post: Mar 2, 2010, 7:09:42 PM PST
J. Martin says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2010, 4:50:55 AM PST
cassdog says:
Holy straw man batman. You read a lot from an innocuous review. Let me firstly tell you about myself. I have done LSD at least two dozen times, mushrooms a dozen times, marijuana regularly for several years, cocaine, speed, robitussin, nitrous, you name it. I got run over by a semi-truck on my bicycle shattered my pelvis, leg and arm which left me in a wheelchair for several months. The oxycodone I took was essential for pain relief and for mood enhancement and no patient should feel guilty about taking this medication as long as they need. There were many other drugs I took in the hospital, morphine, dilaudid that are absolutely essential. I ended up taking oxycodone regularly for about 8 months and it made the recovery much easier. Toward the end, I found that it inhibited my ability to go back to work and finish my PhD dissertation and it tended to make me a little emotionally unstable and depressed. Even though these minor effects were subtle, I stopped taking the medication. Although I did find the leftover medication particularly useful when I had a nasty hangover. I had stopped taking all the 'recreational drugs' much sooner because I got bored of them.

So your little rant filled with ad hominem attacks and pointless diversions was wasted on me. It is pretty obvious to an astute, impartial viewer that this is "not a movie glorifying drug use". If you wanted to live the lives of the people portrayed in the movie, then I would be honestly surprised. I would have no problem with somebody portraying drug use in a positive light but in actual fact this movie DID NOT DO THAT. Your tone betrays an angry person who has nothing better to do than to puff up their chest and pick meaningless fights. Did it make you feel oh so intelligent and learned to confidently list everything you knew about drugs to tangentially discuss someone else's review of a movie. Did you have a delirious grin on your face when you parroted the generic debating line, "please express informed opinions, and remember to not base your declarations on emotions rather than facts".
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