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Yeah I was rooting for these champs big timeâ€¦rooting for them to kick the bucket already so I could go on with my freaking day! Was I supposed to laugh at these people? Care? Feel? Who knows! All I go was "severely annoyed". And that was the film's main pitfall. I mean, Requiem for a Dream managed to make me give a hoot for its drug addicted characters, I cried with them while Trainspotting had me laughing it up! Scanner Darkly on the other end, totally shut me out. I felt like I was hearing endless jokes/conversations that I wasn't in on, hence the humor and the substance went over my head..
Only the self-pitying lead ably played by Reeves semi interested me. His
â€śinner searchingâ€ť made him human and the fact that he didnâ€™t yap away like it
was a blabbermouth contest made my day. Sadly he wasn't emphasized
upon enough for me.. Thankfully the last 20 minutes or so started to feel like a
movie, communicating a cohesive storyline as opposed to a using a semblance of a
storyline to converse lots of â€śfar-out", self stroking and vacuous ramblings..
Any other positives apart from that? Sure, I did respect the film's ambition as
its peculiar animation application was
mucho groovy and gave thewhole a trip-out, arresting look. A couple nifty and well
executed ideas kicked in as well (loved that morphing suit) while the fine actors working it
provided for some enjoyment. Finally the theme of foggy identity was compelling
when I got it and the symbolism that came with it occasionally hooked me in.
Sadly that wasnâ€™t enough to diminish my anger towards the uber pretentiousness of it all and the non-stop the irritation I felt from the constant verbal BS being vomited my way. There was a potentially poignant Sci Fi tale in there, one that could've worked as a statement on society (then and today). But all that was muffled out by high brow bull-crap, unlikable/annoying characters and a knack at NOT letting the main narrative line breathe...the one that interested me anyways. Scan this!