So Many Bugs: Initial thoughts on “A Scanner Darkly”

The first scene opens with a man covered in a swarm of insects. He tries in vain to get them off, even spraying himself with a generic bug spray, but to no avail. He even discovers the green menace on his dog. His friend, over the phone, orders him to catch a few of the insects in a jar, and bring them to him for further investigation. Eventually, it turns out that the insects were a hallucination, but just the idea of being swarmed in such a fashion makes me feel physically uncomfortable. I’m made to squirm in my seat, itching all over, almost in sympathy with the man on the screen.

The rest of the film is just as uncomfortable, and I loved every minute. Continue reading

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