We are certainly looking forward to the upcoming release of Blade Runner 2049 – a follow up to the first Blade Runner from 1982, which was in turn an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, first published in 1968. Actually, you may not realise that quite a few great movies, such as Total Recall (1990) and Minority Report (2002), were also based on the works of Philip K. Dick.

Of all of them, our favourite has to be the lesser-known A Scanner Darkly (2006). Based on the 1977 novel of the same name, it follows the lives of a group of strung-out friends in a dystopian, drug-addled world, and also gives us a glimpse into Philip K. Dick’s life during the 70’s and the extreme paranoia he suffered.

The movie, starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder, was shot in live action, then animated frame by frame to give it a really unique, graphic-novel look. Both funny and disturbing, it addresses the problems of drug use and an overly invasive police state, where everyone is either a spy, being spied on, or just believes they are.

So, seek out A Scanner Darkly, and if you can, read the book too – both highly recommended.

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