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Strange Days

1995 science fiction movie

Strange Days

Released 1995 (27 years, 3 months ago)

Director Kathryn Bigelow
Duration 139 minutes
Genre science fiction film, thriller film, action film and drama film
Composer Graeme Revell
Production company Lightstorm Entertainment
Country of origin United States of America
Screenwriter Jay Cocks and James Cameron
Producer James Cameron and Steven-Charles Jaffe

About Strange Days

Strange Days, the 1995 sci-fi thriller directed by Kathryn Bigelow, is a mind-bending masterpiece that still holds up today. Set in a dystopian Los Angeles on the brink of the new millennium, the film explores themes of police brutality, racism, and the dangers of technology. The story follows Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes), a former cop turned black market dealer of illegal virtual reality recordings that allow users to experience other people's memories and emotions. When he stumbles upon a recording of a brutal murder, he becomes embroiled in a dangerous conspiracy that threatens to expose the corrupt underbelly of the city.

Bigelow's direction is nothing short of stunning, with intense action sequences and a palpable sense of tension throughout. The film's use of first-person POV shots and its depiction of a society on the brink of collapse make it feel eerily prescient in today's world. The cast is also top-notch, with Fiennes delivering a standout performance as the flawed and haunted protagonist, and Angela Bassett stealing scenes as his tough-as-nails friend and bodyguard.

Despite its critical acclaim and cult following, Strange Days was a box office disappointment upon its release. However, its influence can be seen in everything from The Matrix to Black Mirror. It's a film that deserves to be rediscovered and appreciated for its bold vision and timely themes.


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