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A Scanner Darkly (2006)
Darkly. Dark. D, In the periphery of sanity, where 20 % of the world is addicted to the drug called D, a narc - Keanu - attempts to make sense of his split existence.
ASD at first sight seems to be about something mysterious. Maybe even futuristic. But as it soon turns out; it's about a man. A man and his addiction.
It separates reality from sanity and then joins them again and again, placing the spec within the realm of the protagonist (Keanu), who is equally confused about who he is, what he was, and why. As a narc in a not so distant future, he's (in)'voluntarily' forced to wear an ever-shifting suit with over 1,5 million human representations leaving his identity hidden - very much distant to himself as well. The film depicts the effects of drugs in a new and skillful way, with both great cinematography and aesthetics as well as a clever script. Some ends and turns are less perfect, granted, but never-the-less the entire picture seems intrinsically devoted to enabling the spectator to feel as lost, confused and 'drugged' as the protagonist. And succeeds. Great performances from all (in particular Robert D. Junior). A 'must see' for any film-enthusiast.
A perfect cocktail of wit, intellect and laid-back humor!
The documentary-style stand-up comedy portrait begins with our four favorite comedians fishing in a small lake, firing of one comfortable relaxed joke after another.. This set-up puts the specs into the wonderful laid-back mood that these stand-up comedians prosper from. Their intellectual commenting, unexpected twists, playful teasing and the in-between-the-stand-up-sequences make this mix of stand-up styles work as a perfect cocktail; Ron, as the whiskey-drinking loud-mouth with an almost scary instinct for fast remarks and extremely intelligent commenting. Larry, the extra-extra laid-back red-neck of the lot, who delivers almost every joke with his one personal trademark written all over it and a certain "that just ain't right" feel to it. Bill, with his sharp interpretations of everyday life, his ruthless "here's your card [stupid]" jokes and finally, but not least, his openhearted spills of his personal life. Jeff (without a doubt the most famous of the four, at the time), with his well-known comedy based on his own life and that of others around him, only beaten by his own "you know you're a Red-Neck when..." jokes. ..If someone's chained you to a chair, locked you into a room and swallowed the key - being the ONLY reason not to have seen this stand-up marvel - I suggest you burst out of those chains, smash open that door and run down to the nearest video-store ASAP; cause this one, can't be missed!!!