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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.

Cast & Crew

Angela Bassett
Lornette "Mace" Mason
Juliette Lewis
Faith Justin
Tom Sizemore
Max Peltier
Vincent D'Onofrio
Burton Steckler
Glenn Plummer
Jericho One
William Fichtner
Dwayne Engelman
Josef Sommer
Palmer Strickland
Lawrence Kasanoff
Executive Producer
Rae Sanchini
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Lord T. Byron
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Peter Gabriel
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P.J. Harvey
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Marilyn Manson
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Graeme Revell
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Michel Sanchez
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Matthew F. Leonetti
Cinematographer
James Cameron
Film Editor
Melissa M. Thomas
Casting
Lilly Kilvert
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Critic Reviews for Strange Days

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (17)

  • Strange Days does something most dystopian films don't: it presents a future where we aren't all unhappily oppressed in a similar fashion.

    December 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Director Kathryn Bigelow comes closer than any other filmmaker to turning movies into a virtual reality trip.

    January 18, 2013 | Full Review…
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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • 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.

    April 12, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Kathryn Bigelow's propulsive sci-fi thriller Strange Days is a stone cold, ass-kicking classic.

    June 29, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Fortunately, the very convincing performances along with the entire climax of the film, helps to cover the problems of its realization and its script. [Full Review in Spanish]

    August 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Strange Days

  • 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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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