Strange Days

1995, Mystery & thriller, 2h 25m

53 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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Strange Days struggles to make the most of its futuristic premise, but what's left remains a well-directed, reasonably enjoyable sci-fi fantasy. Read critic reviews

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Former policeman Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) has moved into a more lucrative trade: the illegal sale of virtual reality-like recordings that allow users to experience the emotions and past experiences of others. While the bootlegs typically contain tawdry incidents, Nero is shocked when he receives one showing a murder. He enlists a friend, bodyguard Mace (Angela Bassett), to help find the killer -- and the two soon stumble upon a vast conspiracy involving the police force Nero once worked for.

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  • Dec 20, 2018
    Original and entertaining. Not the greatest ending (in terms of plausibility) but not a horrible one either.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2016
    Alright if you want to pass some time. Nothing too memorable. The effects are kind of cool and the grunge is a good touch. However, it's just kind of poorly acted. However, it's fun and suspenseful.
    Brandon S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    Strange Days is too long, too dated, and the male lead cannot be taken seriously enough for it to be the thrill ride it pretends to be. But I do give Angela Basset credit for the effort put into her character, the only sympathetic one in the film.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2014
    From director Kathryn Bigelow and writer James Cameron comes the cyberpunk thriller Strange Days. Set in the final days of 1999, a data trafficker is given a recording of a murder and must discover who is behind it and why. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, and Michael Wincott, the film has an interesting cast that plays some peculiar characters. And, the aesthetic is rather unique with some intriguing future tech. However, the storytelling isn't that good; as it takes a long time to get going and is fairly convoluted. Additionally, Cameron recycles a lot of dystopian future tropes; such as a military state. Yet despite its problems, Strange Days delivers some exciting action and a compelling mystery.
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