- Actors: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott
- Directors: Kathryn Bigelow
- Producers: James Cameron, Steven-Charles Jaffe
- Format: VHS
- Studio: 4front
- VHS Release Date: 19 Mar. 2001
- Run Time: 139 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 62 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00004R6SC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,105 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
An apocalyptic turn-of-the-century tale of ex-cop Lenny (Ralph Fiennes), who deals in SQUIDs: stolen dreams which can be re-lived by the wearer of a special device. Lenny becomes involved in the murder of a famous pop star when he is sent a SQUID containing the rape and killing of one of his contacts. Written by James 'Titanic' Cameron and directed by his wife Kathryn Bigelow ('Point Break', 'Blue Steel').
James Cameron wrote the script for this not-so-futuristic science fiction tale about a former vice cop (Ralph Fiennes) who now sells addicting, virtual reality clips that allow a user to experience the recorded sensations of others. He becomes embroiled in a murder conspiracy, tries to save a former girlfriend (Juliette Lewis), and has a romance with his chauffeur and bodyguard (Angela Bassett). Cameron's ex-wife, director Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break), brought the whole, busy, violent enterprise to the screen, and while the film's socially relevant heart is in the right place, its excesses wear one out. Some of the casting doesn't quite click either: Fiennes isn't really right for his nervous role, and Lewis is annoying (and unbelievable as the hero's much-yearned-for former squeeze). Expect some ugly if daring moments with the virtual reality stuff. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
Top customer reviews
A bit dark sci-fi for my taste. It has been a long while since I saw it last, but I still have it in my collection. As I remember, Angela Bassett is very good as the tough heroine, and it's just a little unexpected to find Mr Fiennes in this movie. He is not very believable at first, but the character grows on you. Juliette Lewis... I find it is so strange that some actresses take on these very demanding roles, and where they play prostitutes or killers or someone else unsavory. I shall not go into those reasons why she took on the role, but when I saw her I was like, man, not again!! She does pull off her role well, but not more than that. There are a lot of other characters too, but as I said it was a little too dark for my taste. Like Blade Runner, but even darker. You get my drift. The director's cut runs a bit too long but the story is very engaging. Be prepared to hunker down and get a bit of dark gritty science fiction film!
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