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There are moments of hilarity mainly centered on two crazy housemates named Barris and Luckman, played brilliantly by Robert Downey Jr. Bob Arctor is a minor drug dealer and user living in Anaheim with a few other dopers who spend their days trying to score dope, hash, mushrooms, and other chemical substances. But unknown to them, Bob is also Fred, an undercover DEA agent assigned to spy on the house and track down the suppliers of Substance D.

The problem is, the drug also causes the two hemispheres of the brain to bifurcate until the user has two separate personalities that are unaware of each other. His handlers discover his drug addiction and send him to the New Path rehab facility for drug addicts, but this is also loosely based on some real-life experiences of PKD.

Since this is so autobiographical, you might wonder why it needs to be SF. But I digress. And herein lies a problem. And while literature exposes readers to all kinds of unfamiliar worlds, this one can get fairly tedious at times. The junkie mentality is perfectly depicted in its total fixation on getting the next fix at any cost, and there is no hesitation to steal, betray, or even stand by idly as your other junkie friends choke on a piece of food, die from overdoses, or go through painful withdrawals.

The movie version is directed by Richard Linklater, an indie filmmaker from Austin, Texas. Considering the mind-altered states of the characters in the film, it is the perfect visual medium to depict their slippery grasp of reality. It makes each scene fresh and interesting to look at, and yet all the actors are unmistakably themselves. Having read the book before watching the film, I felt like all of the best scenes of the book were picked up for the film while the some overlong stoned conversations ended up on the cutting room floor.

My favorite scenes in the book were done to perfection, like Freck getting pulled over, the discovery of the still-lit joint, the stolen mountain bike, the home-made silencer, and the clowning around of Luckman and Barris were brilliantly captured by Downey and Harrelson I wonder, did PKD write the parts just for them, seeing into the future? The screenplay also by Richard Linklater also interspersed more hints of the New Path rehab clinic earlier in the film to make the final part of the film more cohesive than in the book.

And Keanu Reeves? Well, most people lambaste him for his wooden, emotionless delivery, but who better to play a conflicted, schizophrenic undercover cop and heavy drug user. He is perfect in the role. I even think I detected the distinctive red stripe of a Costco superstore when they were driving along the highway.

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Far out, dude. Oct 18, carol. Shelves: awards , mindbender , classic , male-lead. I've started and restarted this review a number of times. Take moderate amounts of the drug of your choice recommend one with highly hallucinogenic and paranoiac qualities 2. Allow to simmer while reading Less Than Zero 3. Stir in a random amount of a second drug preferably one with potential for permanent I've started and restarted this review a number of times.

Stir in a random amount of a second drug preferably one with potential for permanent brain damage--current versions of the recipe recommend bath salts 4. Allow to cook in brain pan on high heat 5. Watch Rush, the movie. Rinse and repeat until brain fully cooked The literary critic: Wandering, borderline incoherent narrative. Half-hearted attempt to tack on conspiracy theory at the end, which might have been effective had there been more building earlier.

The story did surprise me in a couple of places, notably view spoiler [Luckman's unintentional drug trip hide spoiler ] which, while genius, does miss the consequence point he seems to want to make; and in the plot twist at the very end. That said, character creation was brilliant. Each has his own way of interacting with drugs, his own purpose and own experience, and the intersections were fascinating.

Barris with his experimental genius. Luckman with his pursuit of pleasure, Donna with her strangely drawn and arbitrary drug-use lines ha-ha , and Charles Freck with his sad effort to self-medicate mental illness. I'm sure several of the conversations came out of real life; they are too absurd not to. The psychological evaluation sections were interesting, and a clever device to give the reader insight into the world and Arctor, although the mumbo-science passed through my own tired brain.

Stylistically, the language was essentially prosaic, but occasionally a phrase would catch my attention and stop me in my tracks with meaning: "It will be a hindsight I won't even get to have. Somebody else will have to have it for me. Under very specialized conditions, such as today. I get PKD and his motivations, I really do.


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His Author's Note was quite powerful, especially when he says "these people wanted to keep having a good time forever. Had he done so, my sympathy for the characters would have been greater and my connection to the story deeper. I would have enjoyed it more if there had been more than the tiniest shred of redemption, some elements of joy and abandon to show the sheer delight of the "children playing in the street.

Jun 28, Apatt rated it really liked it Shelves: pres-sf , sci-fi. I think the later PKD novels tend to be more serious and introspective though the weirdness is always present. A Scanner Darkly is one of his early 70s books and I find it more grounded than his earlier books, less insane and a little less fun to read. It is also semi-autobiographical and more melancholy than his other books that I have read. The novel is mostly centered on Bob Arctor, an undercover narcotics officer who lives among three addicts in a rented house and has a girlfriend who is a small time pusher. The trouble is Bob is too deep under cover and has become an addict himself, consuming copious amount of this drug which messes up his head to the extent that he begins to have an identity crisis and lose his capacity for clear thoughts.

This novel reads more like a thriller or drama about drug abuse than science fiction. There are even some hilarious moments in the book such as the bizarre story of a motorized man-shaped block of hash told by one of the junkies. Dick is often criticized for writing inelegant prose, I never notice this myself as I have always liked his uncluttered prose, the right tool for the right job of telling his bizarre stories. Flowery or lyrical narrative style seems to be very unsuitable for his material. That said A Scanner Darkly seems to be more well written than his books from the 60s; on the other hand there is much more swearing in this book than I can remember from his earlier books.

There is also a little bit of romance, considerable compassion, kindness, and sadness. I would recommend reading this novel then watch the faithful movie adaptation for maximum appreciation. And now a mini-review of A Scanner Darkly, movie It is a good movie with a unique look and good performances by the actors. However, I wish the filmmaker Richard Linklater has shot the movie conventionally instead of employing the "interpolated rotoscope" technology to make the movie look like animation.

On the plus side, the movie does look suitably surreal, like junkie's drug addled perspective. Unfortunately, the animated look puts an additional layer between the actors and the audience and causes an emotional disconnection. View all 6 comments. One day I figure out all of a Philip K. Dick novel. Ah, who am I kidding, lol. Truthfully, I like the challenge. Love the ideas.


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The guy was brilliant. In an epilogue, he offers his reason for writing A Scanner Darkly. It is poignant to say the least. He adds that there is no moral to 3. He adds that there is no moral to his story. With drugs, there are only consequences. He tells this from personal experience. I am the novel. View all 15 comments. What a great book.

Nothing too heavy, not overly deep, but I could sense there was more to this author than that. This book has confirmed my suspicions and exceeded my expectations, and so Philip K. Dick has managed to take me by surprise even when I was expecting to be surprised by this author at some point. Before reading this book, I had no idea what I wa What a great book. Before reading this book, I had no idea what I was getting into.

I thought this would be some dystopian novel, where drugs controls people and the drugs is controlled by the people who are supposed to be taking care of the people. Brave New World kind of thing. But "A Scanner Darkly" is much more personal, and feels much more profound as a result.

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It's not describing the collapse of a society but the collapse of a mind. Dick allowed me a tour in the minds of drug users in such a convincing way that if I would ever have had the desire to try hard drugs as an experiment, this book would have given me my fix. He is a safari guide with scars of lion attacks on his back, an eye missing and a sad look in the one remaining. In essence, a guide who knows and feels what he's talking about.

And it shows. But despite the weight of this heavy topic, the author finds a balance between the gay and the sad, the asides and the profound, the thinking and the feeling, the despair and the hope. This book is about drugs, this book is drugs. But only in the good way. I will need to return to this book or it's going to be very cold in Turkey. A must-read for anyone, everyone, and those inbetween and outside of those two. It also made me spin my own little fantasy reel, as follows below I'm walking down a sunny street, with the hot summerheat beating down on me.

I'm being pushed and shoved down a street I don't want to be in to a place I don't want to go to, and I get angry looks. The stares are icy cold but the sun keeps beating and heating me, burning me up. In the corner of my eye, I see my salvation. A small alleyway, a neon-lit sign, "A Scanner Darkly", flash flash, illuminating the cool shadows. I'm going in, I think. It's what I should do, I know. Under the sign there's an open door, so getting in is easy. All I need is a little taste for adventure and one more angry look down from main street.

Here I go. I'm in a long hallway. I hear laughter all around me, but there's nobody around, nobody I can see anyway, just voices of merriment. The voices feel real, and generous and sincere. I go further, intrigued, looking for the source of all this joy. The hallway is nice and cool, the beating sun is already half-forgotten.

I keep walking, losing myself in a train of thought. I'm going left. Straight ahead. Left again. This tunnel is taking me places, I know it. I'm on to something here! A solution is around the corner, every passage gets me to thinking and then I reach a decision and take a corner and every corner takes me into a new direction and I have to start over again but not really. Returning is not an option, I'm starting to forget where I'm coming from, which way I went, but the solution is nearer to the end than to the beginning anyway so I have to keep on going and be patient, persevere, but the thought tunnels are starting to wear me down.

They're not cool anymore. But cold. Relief I see an intersection with another passageway, running to my left and running to my right. I feel the relief more than see it, as a warm breeze wafts through it, through my hairs, through my fingers.

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This is passion and it feels good. There's bars that prevent me from going in, the only way I can go is straight ahead. Too much of this hot air would burn me anyway, the bars protect me. Even if I wanted to go in I couldn't, so after enjoying a bit of warmth, I find myself walking further through my tunnels of thought, leaving behind the warmth of the passion passageway, looking for a little laugh, an answer maybe, to any question, take a pick, then take a another turn around another corner.

This goes on and on for I don't know how long until I reach a small room which I imagine is in the middle of all these tunnels. I know what it is. A lonely, dark and cold and all other kinds of bad place, surrounded by tunnels of reasons and reasoning, circular and colliding. There's a chair in the middle of the room where I could rest, but no, I can't sit down, I'm too scared. Too scared it's too late. I turn around, run run run back out.

Tap tap tap through the tunnels. Flick flick flick through the pages. They burn my fingers and soothe my soul. A flower in a shoe. Upon leaving the tunnel system, back into the alleyway, I fish some stars out of my pocket. If you throw them high enough, they can warm up planets and souls. One, two, three, four, five.

I throw them in the tunnels I hold so dear, hoping they bring warmth to the laughter and light to the questions. Thank you, "A Scanner Darkly", for having me as your guest. I've made it. I have finally reached the summit of the second Library of America collection of Philip K. With my flag firmly planted atop the snow-capped peak of this book I can look back upon two weeks of paranoia, time travel, authoritarian governments and more experimental drugs than you can find outside of a Merck testing lab, with the self-satisfied air of a man who has plumbed the depths of speed-induced psychosis and made it through the othe I've made it.

With my flag firmly planted atop the snow-capped peak of this book I can look back upon two weeks of paranoia, time travel, authoritarian governments and more experimental drugs than you can find outside of a Merck testing lab, with the self-satisfied air of a man who has plumbed the depths of speed-induced psychosis and made it through the other side.

What better reward could I ask for, though, than to have finally allowed myself to read a book I knew I would love from the moment I saw the film, A Scanner Darkly? I have wanted to read this book since the first time I heard of it, way back in the heady year of when I was working the front desk of a hostel in Prague and running a traveler's lending library of english-language literature.

I was fresh off of Man in the High Castle and was handed a tattered paperback by a Welshman along with the benediction that this book would "utterly melt your mind. Unfortunately that copy was soon lost among the ever-changing residents of the hostel and an opportunity was postponed. I've read nearly two dozen of Dick's books in the time since then but for one reason or another have never returned to A Scanner Darkly until now. The wait has made it even more delectable. Bob Arctor is an undercover cop investigating the sale of a drug known as Substance D, a heavily addictive drug its users lovingly refer to as Death because the end result of long term use is always either the big D itself or a fugue state in which the user's basic motor functions and cognitive abilities are stripped away, leaving a husk of a person behind.

To infiltrate the organization making this drug, Arctor has become addicted to Substance D and is living in a bacchanal of a drug pad with 3 other users and attempting to make time with his dealer, Donna Hawthorne. He reports back to his office under the pseudonym of "Fred" and wearing a scramble suit to anonymize his identity, because no one knows the extent to which the police department has been corrupted by the drug syndicate, which leads to his superiors deciding that the user Bob Arctor is worthy of deeper investigation as he seems to have access to larger amounts of money than a man of his background should have and many hours where he simply disappears without a trace of course, these are the times when Arctor is checking in with the department as Fred.

So Arctor begins investigating himself in a move so biting it could have been culled from one of Kafka's nightmares. Sitting in a secret facility, reviewing hours and hours of surveillance tapes, and hearing all of the inane blather that only a house full of junkies can think is profound, Arctor's consciousness begins to fragment down the center until his cop persona Fred begins to suspect that Arctor is in business with some very shady people and becomes determined to bring him down.

It's always a relief to me when a book manages to live up to the expectations I have, especially when it's a read I've been looking forward to for a number of years. The dialogue was spot on, so many of the conversations between Arctor and his roommates, Barris and Luckman, seem as though they could have easily been taken from real life. Especially considering that at the time he was writing this, Dick had essentially opened up his home in Berkeley to the ever-shifting tide of drug users, political activists, and wanderers that were all moving through the Bay Area in the early 70s.

The paranoia that is a hallmark of every Dick work reaches its pinnacle here as Arctor races against his own failing mind to collar his crook in time, who just happens to be himself. It is easily worthy of the praise which has been heaped upon it, and it was really nice to find proof that one of Dick's books had finally been adapted to film in a manner that did justice to the source material. The only disappointment I feel is that I no longer have this book to look forward to, though I am certain that I will return for a reread at least once or twice in the years to come.

Thus ends my Dick binge of I've made it through a good number of the author's books by this point and the only major work still remaining are his Exegesis books VALIS , Radio Free Albemuth , and The Transmigration of Timothy Archer , which I will get to at some point down the road when my mind is on more firm ground than it is after devouring five reality-shifting books.

View 1 comment. Science fiction classic from that explores the complex and ultimately deadly interplay between capitalism, surveillance, mental illness and drug addiction, predicting the much more corporate controlled, disciplinary, panoptical, drugged society we live in today. It reveals the absurdity and hypocrisy of what would become known as the "war on drugs," as it uncovers the corporate roots of the whole cynical enterprise. One of my all-time favorites. In this novel there are two types of people, those who are addicted to substance D, and those who haven't tried it yet.

Substance D is the ultimate high, and highly addictive. This book is the story of Fred, the narcotics agent, and Bob Arctor, the substance D dealer, who he is investigating. Of course, Fred and Bob Arctor are one person who is having his personality split apart by copious abuse of substance D. This book is simultaneously hilarious and heart breaking and it is a really excellent In this novel there are two types of people, those who are addicted to substance D, and those who haven't tried it yet.

This book is simultaneously hilarious and heart breaking and it is a really excellent portrayal of drug addiction. Supposedly this book is pulled heavily from Philip K Dick 's personal experimentation with drug abuse and his friends who died. Accordingly the characters are brilliantly and believably depicted. And when they succumb to their sins, it is really sad. The book explores many themes including the interdependency of law enforcement and criminals, government surveillance and privacy issues, drug abuse and addiction, and mental illness.

Philip K Dick is an excellent writer, and this book is some of his best writing. The plot is interesting and compelling. The characters are amazingly well done and believable. The prose is brilliantly rendered, in some places poetic even. The book was easy to read yet beautiful. I quick and quality read. I would characterize this book as science fiction of the proto-cyberpunk subgenre.

This book has many cyberpunk elements that come up in the post Neuromancer explosion of cyberpunk literature. And certainly if this book were written in the 80s instead of the 60s it would be considered part of that genre. I read this book because I saw the movie trailer and it looked so awesome, but I never like watching movies without having read the book first. This book, published in but set in an early s California, falls into the SF category because of some of its trappings which, even now, have not come about, such as scramble suits which allow undercover agents to report to their bosses in person with both participants unable to see the true appearance of the wearer.

This leads to an almost laughable situation in which the main character, Bob Arctor, who works for an anti-narcotics unit in Orange County is ordered to keep himself under re This book, published in but set in an early s California, falls into the SF category because of some of its trappings which, even now, have not come about, such as scramble suits which allow undercover agents to report to their bosses in person with both participants unable to see the true appearance of the wearer.

This leads to an almost laughable situation in which the main character, Bob Arctor, who works for an anti-narcotics unit in Orange County is ordered to keep himself under recorded surveillance, evoking shades of Kafka. And the air of paranoia increases as it becomes clear that someone close to him is trying to assassinate him or cause brain damage. The scramble suits are necessary because law enforcement agencies have been compromised as is clear from the prevalence of a new, highly addictive drug, called Substance D and nicknamed 'death'.

The drug is being supplied in vast quantities and seems to have a single source - it is derived from an organic material, not synthetic - and yet whatever it is grown from appears to be widely available. In this imagined 'future' drug taking is almost universal among the have-nots in society, people who don't have credit cards or live in gated communities.

Those who have such privileges are termed straights and they view the rest of society as druggies and criminals who deserve what they get. Those whom Bob lives and moves among - he shares a house with two other men and has a girlfriend who takes cocaine, but also pushes the even more destructive Substance D - are suffering increasingly mental confusion, and increasing braindamage from the cocktail of drugs they are taking. The story actually begins with one character who suffers a permanent hallucination of being bitten by aphids - he goes to extreme measures such as standing under a hot shower for hours at a time to combat the pain - which are actually a product of the brain damage caused by Substance D and other illegal substances.

Bob is not immune from this either: it becomes clear that he is slowly suffering a meltdown in which his sense of identity is destroyed, because Substance D eats away at the connections within the brain which allow a sense of one identity despite the different functions carried out in the two brain hemispheres. Extracts from research publications available in the s emphasise that without those connections, there are in effect two 'voices' within the head, and it is this confusion which makes Bob, in his 'Fred' guise - which is the name he uses to report to his employers - view Bob Arctor as possibly being one of the higher level dealers of Substance D whom he has been trying to locate.

The question of identity and of the nature of reality is a theme that comes up in quite a few of the author's novels; here it is put in question by drug taking rather than a breakdown of one reality into another. The book conveys well the mad logic of drugged up people, with disjointed and rambling conversations that lead to nonsensical decisions.

Interestingly, he calls drug taking a choice, though this is contradicted by the novel itself, where quite a few of the women talked about have been tricked or forcibly abused into taking D. Jan 20, notgettingenough rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-fiction , modern-lit , sociology , science-sort-of. I had a whole lot of fun reviewing this Worryingly for Fred, the I had a whole lot of fun reviewing this Worryingly for Fred, the results of divided visual field and embedded figures tests suggest that his cortical hemispheres are becoming functionally separate, as they gradually lose the ability to communicate and fail to integrate information.

Far from being a fantastical notion of a far-flung plot, the idea that psychosis might result from a disengagement of the hemispheres was subsequently discussed in the scientific literature and is still influential today. Although the resemblances between psychosis and the effects of split-brain operations are no longer regarded so highly, clear evidence for differences in the structure and function of the hemispheres in psychosis remains Gur and Chin, ; Pantelis et al. Perhaps ironically, ideas that many people might have dismissed as imaginative plot, turned out to be reasonable and well informed scientific speculation.

It is from Bell, V. Dick's novel "A Scanner Darkly". The Psychologist, 19 8 , Dec 02, David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party rated it it was amazing Shelves: science-fiction , reads , whoa-thats-messed-up , cyberpunk. A dark, haunting masterpiece. Phillip K Dick's A Scanner Darkly follows the journey of Bob Arctor, an undercover police officer code-named "Fred" trying to ingratiate himself into the drug culture in an attempt to bring down the suppliers of Substance D, a highly addictive mind-altering drug that can eventually cause permanent brain damage.

Tragically, Arctor himself becomes an addict, first only taking Substance D to earn the tr A dark, haunting masterpiece. Tragically, Arctor himself becomes an addict, first only taking Substance D to earn the trust of the people he's trying to take down, then taking it more and more to relieve the stress of his job. Eventually, Substance D poisons his mind to the point that he truly believes "Fred" and Bob Arctor are two separate people! What follows is a sad but compelling portrait of a sympathetic hero's slow descent into madness. What makes this book so powerful is that PKD does such a masterful job of detailing the horrors of drug addiction.

This book is a classic example of "show, don't tell". PKD doesn't simply hold us by the hand and tell us that using drugs is wrong. Instead, we watch the slow burn going on inside Bob Arctor's mind. Arctor becomes increasingly paranoid. He begins to suffer hallucinations and time distortion. Random thoughts having nothing to do with current events start popping up in Arctor's narrative with no explanation. And what makes this even more jarring is that while we understand what is happening to Arctor, he does not.

By giving us a direct view into Arctor's slowly deteriorating mind, PKD perfectly depicts just how tragic the life of a drug addict truly is. A book with subject matter this bleak would be hard to get through without any lighter moments. Fortunately, PKD manages to inject a lot of dark humor throughout the story, most of which comes from Bob Arctor's bizarre roommate, Jim Barris. From his invention of "the world's loudest silencer", to his rather unique line of deductive reasoning in determining that his forgetting to turn on a tape recorder proves there was an intruder in the house, Mr.

Barris provides laugh-out-loud moments that are far funnier than most books you'll find in the "humor" section. I labeled this book important, not just because of the powerful anti-drug message, but also because of how influential it is. Considering how many elements of this novel are still used in literature today, it's often easy to forget this was written back in the 70s except maybe for Arctor's tendency to say, "I can dig it".

An incredibly compelling and powerful novel, A Scanner Darkly does exactly what classic literature is supposed to. It makes you care about the characters, it invokes your emotions, and it stays with you long after you've put it back on the bookshelf!

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View all 12 comments. I'm not easily impressed when it comes to science fiction. I love the genre, yet I hate where the genre has gone, either becoming rip offs of older, superior material, or YA romps that focus on teenage drama rather than the ideas that ma EDITED REVIEW I've been planning to re-review this book, but it seems that a lot of people really enjoy the old review Linklater emerges once again as the Austin auteur par excellence". Its dramatically muting effect, which shaves the highs off the more histrionic performances yet doesn't undercut the more subtle elements Roger Moore from the Orlando Sentinel states: "Linklater's willingness to experiment But I'm not sure he's reinventing animation here, or even adequately serving that older-than-children animation audience.

The following extras are included: the theatrical trailer; "Weight of the Line", an animation tales feature; "One Summer in Austin", a short documentary on the filming of the movie; and audio commentary from actor Keanu Reeves, director Richard Linklater, producer Tommy Pallotta, author Jonathan Lethem , and Philip K. Dick's daughter, Isa Dick Hackett. Entertainment Weekly felt that the commentary track was "friendly and aimless", but found the featurette on the rotoscoping process, "a lot more lively".

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So the technique is very effective. Ryder added, For me, it created a real emotional effect. Producer Tommy Pallotta admits that they conceptualized this from the beginning. The animation gives the audience a buzz and they will feel unsettled. The characters are going through drug use, brain disintegration and it transports you to another universe. The animation also was instrumental in presenting the film as a graphic novel. In Waking Life , wildly different styles and colors were used specifically for the different scenes which represented the varied philosophical themes in that film, while in A Scanner Darkly , using a consistent color palette and visual composition, the film successfully creates that continuity of a graphic novel.

Which seems fit for a film that, although set in the future with neo-technological elements, it is not a sci-fi film, but more character-based. This film uses a consistent color palette and visual composition and successfully creates the continuity of a graphic novel. The story is about Bob Arctor Reeves , who is leading a double life as a drug addicted former suburbanite and as an Orange County sheriff named Fred working undercover and assigned to observe himself and the goings-ons of his slacker druggie roommates Jim Barris and Ernie Luckman enthusiastically portrayed by Downey Jr.

Cochrane plays Freck the most extreme junkie of the group and Ryder is Arctors girlfriend Donna Hawthorne. It takes place not far in our future in the year however, very far in the future for Dicks original book published in in suburban Orange County when the U. Part character drama, part psychological think-piece, this film reeks of paranoia, suspicion of the government and authority and wild with conspiracy theories eerily reflective of current societal topics.

Reeves described it as a commentary film with cautionary aspects to it. Ryder agrees, To me its really eerie how relevant it is politically and socially. I thought Dick was really, really on the money when he wrote it; its amazing what he predicted. And to me I just think its a terrifying time right now in this country and in the world.

All of which seems to suit Linklater just fine. Wilmer Valderama, who stars in the upcoming Fast Food Nation , notes that Linklater, is the director of this generation He really allows himself to bend the rules of moviemaking. His endings arent necessarily happy endings. The scramble suit left is a moving mosaic of various images of people that changes every four frames. The actors wore simple gray sweat suits in the live-action filming and a team of illustrators drew the revolving images. One of the major story elements includes the use of a scramble suit that Fred wears while at work in the sheriffs office that hides his identity.

The suit is a moving mosaic of various images of people that changes every four frames. The suit was described in the book as a vague blur. Eventually, throughout the film more than 1, people appear in the scramble suit, even Philip Dick, himself. The actors wore simple gray sweat suits in the live-action filming. And then a team of illustrators was used to draw the revolving images. We just let them go for it and draw like crazy. Although at times they needed to be reined in so there werent too many recognizable faces, because we thought it might detract from the film, said Pallotta.