Strange Days (1995)
Average Rating: 6.2/10
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Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 3
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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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Set in Los Angeles two days before the end of 1999, Strange Days introduces us to Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes), an ex-cop turned sleazy hustler who hawks the newest underground thrill on the black market: a "squid," a headpiece that allows one to transmit digital recordings of other people's thoughts, feelings, and memories into their brain; as Lenny describes it, "this is real life, pure and uncut, straight from the cerebral cortex." Lenny deals "clips" (the software) as well as "squids" (the
Oct 13, 1995 Wide
Sep 7, 1999
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Director Kathryn Bigelow comes closer than any other filmmaker to turning movies into a virtual reality trip.
Once the premise has lost its promise, and Fiennes's brave attempts at characterization are sacrificed to pseudo-dazzle, everything appears awfully humdrum and, yes, distinctly dated.
Undeniably thrilling and troubling.
Bigelow is so enamored of high-tech thrills, and so mesmerized by the violence she seeks to condemn, that her efforts at 11th-hour moralizing seem limp and halfhearted.
It's big, explosive entertainment and, although not directed by Cameron, is very much in the vein we've come to expect from him.
[VIDEO ESSAY] "Strange Days" owes a debt to Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom," the film that ruined his storied career.
[Bigelow] with the help of her talented cast, constantly wrestles against the script, and for a great deal of time, she appears to be winning.
Set in LA at the end of the century, this morality tales showed again the main problem in the director's work: The great divide between simlistic plots and technical sophistication. Even so, it's one of a kind for its use of color, sound and motion
Engaging, genuinely thrilling sci-fi. Enough to make you wish Bigelow made a movie a year.
A thrilling and thought-provoking sci-fi mystery.
A premissa é bastante interessante, mas o roteiro se perde em meio a uma infinidade de subtramas dispensáveis.
"Strange Days" is an ultimately heartless movie, all sheen and surface. It is an attenuated supermodel of a film, hip and beautiful and startlingly empty.
Ralph Fiennes is the perfect sleazebag, while Angela Bassett and Juliette Lewis provide good support.
After awhile Strange Days becomes merely a predictable parade of senses-assaulting indignities with a surprisingly conventional, by-the-numbers story.
The early promise of the film gives way to exploitation; satire mutates into drivel.
Audience Reviews for Strange Days
- Lenny Nero: This is not like "TV-only-better" ... this is life.
- Max Peltier: Cheer up. The world's about to end in ten minutes anyway.
- Max Peltier: The issue's not whether you're paranoid, Lenny, I mean look at this shit, the issue is whether you're paranoid enough.
- Lornette "Mace" Mason: Memories are meant to fade. They're designed that way for a reason.
- Max Peltier: He's still workin' the party... actin' smooth like nothin's nothin'.
- Faith Justin: You know one of the ways movies are still better than playback? The music comes up, there's credits, and you always know when it's over... [turns to look at Lenny] IT'S OVER!
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