In the DVD commentary for A Scanner Darkly, will Keanu Reeves and Robert Downey Jr. discuss the writings of the Apostle Paul?
It's possible, since the title of their new movie was inspired by a line from 1 Corinthians 13, where Paul writes that we currently see "through a glass darkly," but someday we will see God face to face, and all will become clear. Paul's observation would be reassuring to the characters in A Scanner Darkly, if they would ever stop to consider the claims of Christ. All of them are in desperate need of clearer understanding.
The famed sci-fi novelist Philip K. Dick was clearly haunted by this verse. Tormented by drugs, and heartbroken as he watched some of his close friends destroyed by addiction, Dick felt the pain of a dazed and confused generation. His longing for redemption is palpable in books like Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which was adapted into the movie Blade Runner, and Minority Report, which Steven Spielberg adapted into a big screen thriller of the same title.
Now Richard Linklater has taken the novel called A Scanner Darkly and adapted it into the most faithful adaptation yet made from Dick's work. It gives us the clearest picture of the author's experience and his desire to find grace. But it's not a pretty picture. It's a film about ugly realities, but the truth is shining through the screen, just as it shines through Dick's writing—darkly.
My full review is at Christianity Today Movies.
"Drugs are presented as singularly unattractive," notes Harry Forbes (Catholic News Service), "and the film ends on a somber note … But even if there's no romanticizing of the drug culture, the nightmarish milieu is almost unremittingly sordid and unpleasant … and despite the ...1
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