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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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The story is set in the future (2000) where memories are recorded and shared illegally - people are hooked on experiencing each other's lives, with some of the less kosher experiences being traded like drugs. The film opens with a 5-6 minute point-of-view sequence (cleverly designed to look like one shot) of a robbery than ends in the death of the person recording the experience, so it provides the thrill of the hold-up with an element of snuff. It's a highly effective way to introduce the topic. The story revolves around a rape/murder that is captured as a clip, and trying to identify the killer amidst an environment of corrupt cop, a Los Angeles torn apart by riots and racism, and our hero (Ralph Fiennes) trying to move on with his life and quit his addiction to clips.
I lived in the UK when I saw this in 1995 and what prevented the movie from being a blockbuster hit was the rape sequence. It's actually essential to the telling of the story but wow did audiences run away in droves. By today's standards, where we have Robocop airing on cable at 9am, it's not *that* shocking which is more of a reflection of our desensitization than anything else. But nevertheless it derailed the movie back then and I remember people walking out of the theater at the time.
In the history of film, it will stand as a great example - maybe the only example - of James Cameron collaborating fully with someone else. It's clearly a production of two people and is much stronger than if either had created it individually. The subplots are more complicated than some of Cameron's other films and the cinematography and action are better than many of Bigelow's movies. There are some great performances from Angela Bassett and Ralph Fiennes - and Tom Sizemore, Vincent d'Onofrio and Michael Wincott are good value as ever.
If you haven't seen this movie or just curious on what the `future' (2000) may hold. Then I strongly suggest viewing this movie.
We are first introduced to a first person robbery gone, wrong, and I mean splat!
Leo played by Ralph Fiennes was at first disappointed that the `playback' ended so badly, almost ruining his day, but hey, this is Leo, peddle a person tragic, romantic, sexual `playback' is another person fantasy.
They really didn't get into much detail on his past but he was a cop gone bad now he's a hustler selling other people realities.
So what is a 'sqid'?, don't worry Leo will tell all what it is. well Leo has some problems, he is really into 'playback' especially 'playbacks' with him and Faith. Yes, Leo is still in love with Faith, (Juliette Lewis) a girl he pulled off from the street, who in turned stabbed him in the back to pursuer a music career with Leo former buyer.
Mace (Angela Bassett) is the best friend who only wants the best for Leo and can't understand why he can't let Faith go.Mace saves the day throughout the movie and she is always saving Leo rear end from a lot of sticky situations. There are some great moment when Leo realize that there is a reason for Mace preaching and once realize this act upon it.
Max P.I. (Tom Sizemore) plays Leo friend with a few secrets of his own.
Look out for Vincent D'Onofrio (Law and Order:CI) and William Fichtner (Invasion) who played police officers who gets a little trigger unhappy with the way Jericho One always had an opinion on society.
It has everything in this movie, science fiction, honor among thieves (in a weird way), trust, happiness, and yes,you have to have love. Trust me it is a really good movie!!