Quick Hit: A movie that is easy to have mixed feelings about.
government. His writing is penetrated throughout with these themes (some other more successful adaptations of his work are Blade Runner and Minority Report). The film sells that, and sells it hard. Despite the lack of a great story, the mood and acting make it watchable.
The acting throughout is pretty good. Actually, scratch that. RDJ makes this film. In a time when most of us are used to seeing him as Tony Stark, it’s good to see an actor draw on his true life experiences as a past drug addict to portray the manic episodes that portray an intelligent addict. Without him, most of the film would be rather dull, despite the fact that Reeves plays a pretty good version of a beaten down man (isn’t that what he plays best?).
The standout in this film though is obviously the animation style (which I have held off until this point – anybody confused on the pictures?). Richard Linklater pioneered this with an animator, and it is called “interpolated rotoscoping” – in this case, with a digital assist. Basically, they take animators and trace over the original footage frame by frame. The technique lends a feeling of surreal to the movie. It’s hard to tell what is real, what is hallucination. Indeed, from the very first scene where Freck is trying to rid himself of the bugs, it’s clear that you aren’t watching a movie like ones you have seen before. The real winner for effects goes to the scramble suit. It perfectly captures Dick’s description, and must have been an animation nightmare. . Not only is this an impressive feat in its own right, but they somehow manage to keep Keanu recognizably Keanu throughout the scrambling. Kudos to the animation team here.
I don’t think this movie is for everyone, and even if you like it, you were probably in a time in your life where you wanted something like this. Watch it ten years later, and you might not anymore. So, since the movie was average overall, I give it a C+.
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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy"