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Strange Days (1995)

Ralph Fiennes , Angela Bassett , Kathryn Bigelow  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott
  • Directors: Kathryn Bigelow
  • Writers: James Cameron, Jay Cocks
  • Producers: Ira Shuman, James Cameron, Lawrence Kasanoff, Rae Sanchini, Steven-Charles Jaffe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
  • Run Time: 145 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000JSJC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Strange Days" on IMDb

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  • 2 deleted scenes

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It's the eve of the millennium in Los Angeles, December 31, 1999. Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) is an ex-cop turned street hustler who preys on human nature by dealing the drug of the future. It's an environment that will lead him deep into the danger zone when he falls into a maze filled with intrigue and betrayal, murder and conspiracy. Angela Bassett and Juliette Lewis co-star in this provocative, action-packed thriller written by James Cameron (Titanic, The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgement Day).

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77 of 83 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than you might expect August 24, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Obviously, this is a movie people either love or hate. Put me in the "love" category. I'm no James Cameron fan, and I found the first hour or so of "Titanic" so pretensious that I almost couldn't get through it. So I was shocked to find how much I loved "Strange Days." This is a gutsy film that takes a lot of chances in terms of plot, performance and presentation -- American critics claim that's what they want in American movies and, yet, when such a film comes around, they berate it for such.

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.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Released in 1995 this film imagines a distant future of 1999 where gas is over $2.oo a gallon(imagine that)and people want to experience the reality of other people's lives without leaving their own homes.The SQUID technology that allows characters to record what they see and sell it to others(demonstrated in the terrific P.O.V. opening)is used by a killer to record his brutal murders.The responsability to find the killer falls into the lap of washed up cop now tech pimp Ralph Fiennes.Hopelessly obsessed with his ex-girlfriend and his recorded memories of her it's up to a tough limo driver Angela Bassett to help him pull it together.Predating our obsession with reality T.V. by years Strange Days is amazing on many different levels.It was a failure on it's initial release due to the lack of big box office stars.Fortunately what director Kathryn Bigelow did was get people who were right for the part.Instead of being a macho hero Fiennes is emotionally wounded yet charismatic.Instead of being just another pretty face to kick butt Angela Bassett is also the film's emotional anchor.At the time this one of the biggest movies ever to be directed by a woman and it's clearly a labor of love.From the diverse music selection from Deep Forest to versions of PJ Harvey songs to the fact that it's more character based than full of mindless action and has some very clever camerawork you tell she put a lot of thought into creating this film.The New Year's Eve climax is guaranteed to get your blood boiling and is one of the most dramatic endings ever staged.Filmed almost entirely at night in a neon lit world of clubs it's as visually impressive today as it was 10 years ago.If you've never seen this movie you need to check it's one of the best forgotten movies of the 90's.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Days - Don't believe the negative reviews. April 26, 2000
Strange Days is one of those love /hate films. I first saw it in London on the day of release, in the cinema. I sat there stunned, gripped by the immersive visuals, virtual technology and brutal storyline set against the turn of the millenium.
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They may not like it, but I definitely do. November 20, 1999
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Despite what a lot of critics have said about it, Strange Days ranks as one of my favorite films, simply for the immersive, anarchistic feel and the brief glimpse of what our future could look like. It perhaps might be more of a cult film than could be enjoyed by the mainstream audience, but if you're looking for an involving, gritty, not-so-futuristic action flick, check this out. Ralph Fiennes convinces, though Juliette Lewis could've been better. Tom Sizemore, however, is my quiet favorite in his role as Lenny's (Fiennes) pal. There's enough action to keep the plot interesting, and it's always fun the first time around to decide who's doing what.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Stopped it at the rape scene about an hour in.
stopped it at the rape scene. The plot line went too far.
Published 3 days ago by Randall J. Skates
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I didn't see it back then
supsense filled, action movie set on New YEars Eve 1999. Glad I didn't see it back then. Great performances by Ralph Fiennes
and Angela Basset and Juliet Lewis. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Sharon B. Danziger
5.0 out of 5 stars I've liked this film for a very long time
I've liked this film for a very long time. It's way ahead of its time and the acting is convincingly realistic, based on the settings, situation and point in time... Read more
Published 16 days ago by JOHN FORTIN IV
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent service and product.
Published 2 months ago by Kenneth Schaber
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment.
Played well. Great entertainment.
Published 2 months ago by acamus
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Flat ...
Published 2 months ago by Sean J Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
One of my faves from back in the day!
Published 2 months ago by Samantha Caley
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece...
I cannot explain how amazing and real this film is; there is just no film like this.

My friend recommended I watch this and I am so glad that I listened to him. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jordan Alexander Lewin
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Days: A must see :-)
Seen Strange Days a long while back but it's still a fave film of mine. Great full cast and great story line backed with a stellar soundtrack, check it out when you can :-)
Published 3 months ago by Ingrid Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most underappreciated movies of the 1990s
Nine Things About the Movie “Strange Days” [USA, 1995]

1. This movie was a flop in theaters, but is one of the most underappreciated movies of the 1990s. Read more
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Strange Days on Blu-Ray
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.
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