'A Scanner Darkly' ...
I'm sure I've never told Ethan that I have a big aversion to bugs. I'm seriously creeped out by the idea of a bug crawling on me. I'm not a big fan of bugs crawling on my walls, for that matter. I've gotten pretty good about killing them, as I live alone, and there's no alternative, but I tend to haul out the vacuum and suck 'em up more often than smooshing them in a Kleenex.
So the opening scene of the movie set a tone: A dude covered in creepy-crawly things. A dude's dog covered in creepy-crawly things. A dude's house teeming with creepy-crawly things.
Bugs are bugs. Even animated bugs. "A Bug's Life" was fine, because those bugs were cute and said funny things, but realistically animated bugs are just about as bad as the real thing. So I'm not fan of those Flash ads online that have bugs crawling around my screen.
Bugs aside, it was hard for me to get past the effects in this movie. I suppose the only way to make a film about a cop who wears a suit that constantly morphs into pieced-together likenesses of other people to hide his identity is to do an animated film, but the "it's kind of animated, it's kind of real" thing got on my nerves.
Oh, and then there's the story: Drugs are bad. Oh, and the people you think are there to help are often the villains. Gee, we never see that in fiction. Or in real life, for that matter. Big Brother is watching. Yeah, no kidding.
This movie is set seven years from now. It was releasd last year. So now, I guess, we can say it's set six years from now. Except that we don't have to wait that long for some of the cynicism in this movie to manifest itself. It already has.
And I bet there will be many fewer bugs.