Set in the year of our Lord Satan 1999 and showcasing alternate future, this science fiction movie is really something original and refreshing. Although it uses a familiar subject of memory recording/reliving, it manages to stay on its course (did someone mention Johnny Mnemonic) exploring different motives and characters. We all like watching action movies with a lot of shooting and explosions. Now, would you watch those same movies if they were real events? What’s going to happen in the years to come with the advent of virtual reality is one of the questions that remains unanswered… Lenny Nero is a small time memory dealer, providing the people memories of other people so that they can feel that they done those things themselves. But later on he will uncover an event that will threaten his life.
Cleverly mixing science fiction and action, director Kathryn Bigelow made a very interesting movie, with its own vibe that will draw you in. This sort of Blade Runner/neo-noir vibe is like a drug, especially with a script this good. The script was written by famous James Cameron and you can feel its presence in some of the scenes. Ralph Fiennes masterfully played Lenny Nero, showing his great acting skills and ability to morph into any character. With the support of my two favourite side actors William Fichtner and Vincent D’Onofrio, he really brought the story to life. Ultimately, Strange Days is a movie that explores the subjective experience of reality and what humans might do if given the opportunity to control it. A truly frightening thought that sprouts all kinds of sub-questions all ripe for future movies. Now, let’s just hope someone makes them.
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Vincent D’Onofrio, William Fichtner
Fun Facts: The band playing at the Millennium party at the end of the movie is Testament, from San Francisco.