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.


  • I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.