Strange Days
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Set in Los Angeles two days before the end of 1999, Strange Days introduces us to Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes), an ex-cop turned sleazy hustler who hawks the newest underground thrill on the black market: a "squid," a headpiece that allows one to transmit digital recordings of other people's thoughts, feelings, and memories into their brain; as Lenny describes it, "this is real life, pure and uncut, straight from the cerebral cortex." Lenny deals "clips" (the software) as well as "squids" (the hardware) for this new and illegal entertainment system,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director Kathryn Bigelow comes closer than any other filmmaker to turning movies into a virtual reality trip."
‑ Jack Kroll, Newsweek
"Though the creators of Strange Days may well be interested in its dramatic and thematic elements, they do not have the same touch for these moments as they do for camera pyrotechnics."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"[VIDEO ESSAY] "Strange Days" owes a debt to Michael Powell's "Peeping Tom," the film that ruined his storied career."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Engaging, genuinely thrilling sci-fi. Enough to make you wish Bigelow made a movie a year."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"An ambitious, unsettling, and effective work."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"Once the premise has lost its promise, and Fiennes's brave attempts at characterization are sacrificed to pseudo-dazzle, everything appears awfully humdrum and, yes, distinctly dated."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Bigelow is so enamored of high-tech thrills, and so mesmerized by the violence she seeks to condemn, that her efforts at 11th-hour moralizing seem limp and halfhearted."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"[Bigelow] with the help of her talented cast, constantly wrestles against the script, and for a great deal of time, she appears to be winning."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A thrilling and thought-provoking sci-fi mystery."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
""Strange Days" is an ultimately heartless movie, all sheen and surface. It is an attenuated supermodel of a film, hip and beautiful and startlingly empty."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Undeniably thrilling and troubling."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's big, explosive entertainment and, although not directed by Cameron, is very much in the vein we've come to expect from him."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Set in LA at the end of the century, this morality tales showed again the main problem in the director's work: The great divide between simlistic plots and technical sophistication. Even so, it's one of a kind for its use of color, sound and motion"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A premissa é bastante interessante, mas o roteiro se perde em meio a uma infinidade de subtramas dispensáveis."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Ralph Fiennes is the perfect sleazebag, while Angela Bassett and Juliette Lewis provide good support."
‑ Chris Hewitt (UK), Empire Magazine
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