Strange Days

Strange Days

Kathryn Bigelow (1995)

139min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Ralph Fiennes plays a dealer in virtual reality clips that replicate sensory perceptions in this dazzling sci-fi thriller from director Kathryn Bigelow. As New Year's Eve 1999 approaches, he tries to track down a killer who records his crimes for the ultimate "snuff" experience. This controversial, highly imaginative and inventively staged movie is a fascinating look at the moral implications of advanced technology. Using galvanising subjective camerawork to place the viewer in the voyeuristic frame, Bigelow cleverly reinvents film noir for audiences raised on Terminator 2, while presenting a dark vision of where cinema for pure sensation's sake could be heading. The result is an unsettling experience.

Summary

A paranoid ex-cop dealing in illegal virtual-reality experiences receives a compact disc that contains the memories of a murderer killing a prostitute. Suspecting an old flame might be in danger, he investigates further and uncovers a secret that could throw the entire city into chaos on New Year's Eve, 1999. Kathryn Bigelow's sci-fi thriller, starring Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis and Tom Sizemore.

Cast & Crew

Lenny Nero Ralph Fiennes
Lornette `Mace' Mason Angela Bassett
Faith Justin Juliette Lewis
Max Peltier Tom Sizemore
Philo Gant Michael Wincott
Burton Steckler Vincent D'Onofrio
Dwayne Engelman William Fichtner
Jeriko One Glenn Plummer
Director Kathryn Bigelow
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: U.I.P. (UK)Guidance: Contains violence, swearing, drug abuse and nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Drama