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At its most basic level, "Strange Days" is a thriller -- futuristic film noir, with all of the traditional characters. But don't let the title or the plot summaries fool you -- this is a film that is less about new technology, science fiction and the future, and much more about the volatility of race and police relations in the USA, laced with strong athemes of unrequited love, trust, and the darker side of massive urban cities in the USA -- all presented in a frighteningly authentic manner. This is a character-driven movie, not an effects-driven one.
This is also an ensemble piece, where even characters with just a few lines are essential to the mood and presentation, as well as giving the main actors juicy moments to play off of. Director Kathryn Bigelow maintains a frantic, claustrophobic pace in this film, never going for the obvious -- every scene has a point, big or small, which you know in the moment or that you will learn about later. The soundtrack enhances the visuals in a way rarely experienced in a modern film.
If nothing else, you will love Angela Bassett. She's amazing not for the kung fu moves -- her character is the voice of reason, and her performance is stunningly genuine (and heart-breaking at times).
This movie is as flawed, and as classic, as Bladerunner. Time will tell if it gets as much respect.
Repeated viewings on dvd have proved this movie to be a thought provoking, rollercoaster ride. Not since Bladerunner has the blend of new technology and 20th century decadence been so well mixed. The Squib technology is fascinating, with so much potential; within the context of the film it is pornography that drives the market (parallels with the internet?)and provides Fiennes' character with painful revists of his lost love.
There are blips in the plot where it thins, the casting is a little skewed, but stick with it and witness the stunning events that unfold. I felt the energy of the millenium countdown at the end of the film actually eclipsed the real night here in London.
Recommended; definitely up there with Terminator,Bladerunner, Aliens et al.
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I liked this film when i first watched long tong time ago, so when I saw that this dvd is in huge sale, I decided to buy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Hee Chul Kwon
Fantastic movie, really underrated. Saw it when it originally came out and liked it a lot--a very different role for Ralph Fiennes compared to The English Patient. Read morePublished 3 months ago by M. Gould
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. Read morePublished 4 months ago by rbrogan3
I saw this film 20 years ago (OMG) on its release date. I cannot tell you how prophetic this film is: Virtual reality obessions,pimps willing to sell it! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Techy
I'm a huge fan of Mr. Fiennes and never thought I'd want to see less of him, but his acting, along with some of Juliette Lewis', are the reason I held on through this film. Read morePublished 5 months ago by lsmm7
2000 millenium murder mayhem and virtual reality before anyone do itPublished 5 months ago by Bruce LaPlante
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I certainly am! One of my favorite movies as well (of the 1990's). I have Point Break on blu ray, but you'd think after Bigelow took the Oscar 4 years back they would have given this and all her other movies re-releases! Guess all we can do is wait and see, my friend.
I'm thinking hard about just... Read More
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