I just finished reading the novel tonight and so I decided to take a fresh look at the trailer. And wow, I really don’t get the negativity from the other threads. As far as characters and scenes and lines (including narration) go, it looks to be a very faithful adaptation. Here’s some stuff I picked out that made me excited (again, SPOILER warning):
The scramble suit. Sure, they toned it down quite a bit from the description in the book, but with this style they pretty much had to. Still looks neat and conveys the necessary sense of isolation from everyone else.
The eyeball-head guy. That was one of the most powerful scenes in the book, when Freck has enough of his junkie life and so tries to commit suicide by overdosing on downers, except the dealer had screwed him and given him hallucinogens. He then passes into a permanent trip where eyeballhead endlessly recounts his sins.
The motivation for the title, does the scanner see into me darkly. That passage is lifted from the book’s narration and placed in the trailer, calming any fears that narration-heavy sequences would have to be altered for the screen.
Being sacrificed without them ever knowing it. Donna’s line to Mike (the New-Path counselor guy) about Arctor’s fate calms any fears I may have had about them fundamentally altering the ending.
Barris saying “I could be MUR-DERED” (while in the station ratting out Arctor to Arctor) and Luckman saying “What if they come in through the back door or the bathroom window” (while on the way back from the trip that got them out of the house while the scanners were planted) and the aphids and the homemade silencer and the junkie chick changing into Donna while in Arctor’s bed and the two psychiatrists, all of these leave me very excited about the film’s potential.