A Scanner Darkly

At times the ethereal quality of the animation was transporting, but at other times it was just dizzying.

An animated film about secret agents that wear animated clothes to remain anonymous to each other. Layers of appearance.

But at times, we were able to get under the mask to witness confused expressions. The viewer can see real faces at times, but the expressions and nuances of facial movements were buried in the clay-like, smearing effect of the animation. Good ideas are bandied about here. A face can communicate a lot, but it is still something that both hides and reveals what lies underneath it.

I liked the shimmering quality of the scene on the freeway. The blocks of shadow and flashes of light were often exhilarating.


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