View the first 24 minutes of A Scanner Darkly online for free

The animated Keanu Reeves in A Scanner DarklyEveryone loves Philip K Dick. A man who seemed to have 97 original ideas every minute, who would throw away concepts on a short story others would regard as the pinnacle of their writing careers, he’s probably one of the most influential writers of the last 50 years.

His work is slowly being adapted into movies, some successfully (Blade Runner, Total Recall – well sort of successfully and sort of adapted) and some unsuccessfully or relatively insipidly (Minority Report, Imposter, Paycheck).

The latest to be adapted is Through A Scanner Darkly, one of Dick’s druggiest stories. Directed by Richard Linklater, A Scanner Darkly stars Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder and Robert Downey Jr among others in animated form. And is a surprise twist, you can see the first 24 minutes of the movie online for free.

For once, it’s not a YouTube video, but an honest-to-goodness official vid. You’ll need to verify you’re over 18, but if you are, you can view the extended trailer at the FilmForce web site.