First thoughts upon seeing the trailer: Oh man, another Reeves movie, and it has Winona Ryder and Woody Harrelson? Also it looks animated-ish. What the hell? It's going to suck, that's for sure.
Thoughts after seeing the movie: Well that sure as poopydoo not what I thought it was going to be.
Story and Plot: The story and plot were absolutely amazing, blew me away, I was rarely more than few seconds ahead of the plot twists which are to their credit pretty simple to unravel --the trademark of a good plot is one that can be unraveled by process of elimination or examining all the evidence even if you don't have the whole picture. The story is basically a look at how drug use could drastically alter life (specifically in America) and how all of our privacy could easily be forfeited because of a particularly nasty hallucinogenic drug, only callled "D" in the movie.
Visualization: Obviously not what I thought it was going to be based on the trailer, its all live action, but they used a lot of neat visual affects which give the whole movie this vectorized graphic novel feel, which make seeing life through a drug addict's eyes more easy and some of the futuristic gadgetry fit more seamlessly.
Rating: 4 or maybe 5 out of 5. This was not what I expected. If you haven't seen it, and you like a good sci-fi as well as good story go, at the very least, rent "A Scanner Darkly" you won't be disappointed (unless your a stodgy film critic so utterly out of touch that you make the themes of hallucination in this movie seem pretty down to earth).
^--You can't argue with "Do it." No matter how hard you try.
I didn't know they were making that into a movie. Where have I been? Philip K. Dick wrote some weird stuff. That one was pretty good... maybe I'll check out the movie sometime.
Oooh, I saw an ad for this and it looks SO FLEEPING COOL. Gotta love cell-shading.