Strange Days

1995

Strange Days

Critics Consensus

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

61%

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Total Count: 44

73%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 35,219
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Movie Info

This epic thriller is set in a hellish Los Angeles during the last days of the 20th century. The tale centers on Lenny Nero, a sleazy grifter who sells voyeuristic scenes. After his lover Faith leaves him, he tries to win her back after learning that she is in danger.

Cast

Ralph Fiennes
as Lenny Nero
Angela Bassett
as Mace Mason
Juliette Lewis
as Faith Justin
Tom Sizemore
as Max Peltier
Michael Wincott
as Philo Gant
Vincent D'Onofrio
as Burton Steckler
Glenn Plummer
as Jeriko One
William Fichtner
as Dwayne Engelman
Josef Sommer
as Palmer Strickland
Joe Urla
as Keith
Nicky Katt
as Joey Corto
Michael Jace
as Wade Beemer
Louise LeCavalier
as Cindy `Vita' Minh
Jim Ishida
as Mr. Fumitsu
Todd Graff
as Tex Arcana
Paolo Tocha
as Spaz Diaz
Ron Young
as Nervous POV
Anais Munoz
as Diamanda
Ted Haler
as Tow Truck Driver
Rio Hackford
as Bobby the Bartender
B.J. Crockett
as Young Zander
Paulo Tocha
as Spaz Diaz
James Muro
as Nervous POV
Art Chudabala
as Thai Restaurant Owner
Erica Kelly
as Restaurant Hostess
Marlana Young
as Waitress
Ray Chang
as Thai Restaurant Cook
Chris Douridas
as Talk Radio Host
Billy Worley
as Dan from Silverlake
Amon Bourne
as Dewayne
Lisa Picotte
as Lori from Encino
Kylie Ireland
as Stoned Looking Girl
Kelly Hu
as Anchor Woman
Nynno Anderson
as Angry Jeriko Fan
Liat Goodson
as Retinal Fetish Bouncer
Honey Labrador
as Beach Beauty
Delane Vaughn
as Mace's Husband
Mark Arneson
as Police Officer
James Acheson
as Cop in Bathroom
Zoot
as Mime
Royce Minor
as Angry Black Kid
Milan Reynolds
as National Guard Medic No. 1
Russell W. Smith
as National Guard No. 2
Russell Hines
as African Dancer
Michael Jaasi
as African Dancer
Maurice Marshall
as African Dancer
Jin-Jin Reeves
as African Dancer
Reginald T. Thornton
as African Dancer
Chester A. Whitmore
as African Dancer
Lori Simone Wilkerson
as African Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Strange Days

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (9)

  • Director Kathryn Bigelow comes closer than any other filmmaker to turning movies into a virtual reality trip.

    Jan 18, 2013 | Full Review…

    Jack Kroll

    Newsweek
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Apr 12, 2002 | Full Review…
  • Undeniably thrilling and troubling.

    May 12, 2001
  • Though the creators of Strange Days may well be interested in its dramatic and thematic elements, they do not have the same touch for these moments as they do for camera pyrotechnics.

    Feb 13, 2001 | Full Review…
  • It's fascinating the way Bigelow is able to suggest so much of VR's impact (and dangers) within a movie - a form of VR that's a century old.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | 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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