A Scanner Darkly

A Scanner Darkly

is one of many movies I am anticpating seeing this year. One of the many reasons that I want to go see this film is due to the process of how it is made. The movie is made using live-action photography overlaid with animation or interpolated rotoscoping which was also used in Richard Linklater‘s Waking Life. The second reason is because it is based on Phillip K. Dick‘s book: “A Scanner Darkly“. The third reason for my wanting to see this film is that it is one of many films that are set dystopian future.

It is becoming a more common theme in movies recently like The Island and the other movie I am anticpating on seeing this year: V For Vendetta which is based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore. Is it with the ongoing rise of Spy Cams, CCTV, and Domestic Spying (which A Scanner Darkly addresses) that it is coming to a time where: “People Should Not Be Afraid Of Their Governments. Governments Should Be Afraid Of Their People.”?

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  1. […] In a New Jersey school now has a “242-point-comparison iris-scanning doors. Using a $369,000 federal grant, the district hired Eyemetrics Identity Solutions to implement hardware by LG and HP and software by IrisAccess and Newton Security that together form a system which only allows building access to so-called white-listed individuals. Each student is allowed to green-light four people, which puts a cap on the number of folks that have access to a given building, and also serves to prepare youngsters for the cut-throat social politics of high school.” Talk about going to sleep, 1984, Brave New World, Minority Report, I, Robot at those schools. What’s next? Airport class security? I might just feel safer going to those schools than flying, ha! Another article adds, “When a parent arrives to pick up their child at one of three grade schools in the Freehold Borough School District, they’ll need to look into a camera that will take a digital image of their iris. That photo will establish positive identification to gain entrance into the school.” Also it can, “scan a driver’s license from 50 states and automatically import the information into the database.” So I can now go to this school and really get ‘eyeballed’. But I’ll pass–on the oppourtunity, not the scanners though. For they are darkly. […]

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