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on 1 October 2017
It’s been one of those films I’ve been a fan of since it first came out in 1995, and although it’s flawed, and touches on too many topics for it ever to come into focus because of the more mundane ‘conspiracy/whodunit’ plot elements that end up taking over, Kathryn Bigelow’s science fiction drama still has enough big scale (especially the finale), technical prowess and visual impact to still be worth a watch, even as some elements date it in ways that can only be found when looking back at early to mid 1990’s movies trying to visualise technology of the future can be.

Scripted in part by James Cameron, it takes place over a few days at the turn of the Millenium. Lenny (played by Ralph Fiennes) is a former cop turned hustler who works in the L.A underbelly selling people memories experienced by others and recorded onto discs which can be played directly into the brain. So, if you can afford it, you can buy and experience any fantasy you want. Inevitably though, Lenny gets drawn into a larger conspiracy involving this technology when a friend is murdered.

Unless you’re a big fan of ‘Strange Days’ I’d say there’s no real advantage to buying the Blu-Ray over the DVD that’s been out for years. The picture quality is better as you’d expect from the format, but extras are ported over from the DVD, which means a theatrical trailer, a 7minute featurette and what’s billed as a Director’s Commentary but actually isn’t. It’s a recording of a lecture given by Kathryn Bigelow discussing how the opening 5 minute sequence was created. It runs for about 50-odd minutes while the rest of the film plays as normal. It’s interesting as Bigelow gets quite technical about the processes involved but it doesn’t really allow any comment on the other two hours twenty minutes that follows.

Good film, poor extras.
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on 20 November 2017
Brilliant film.
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on 13 March 2018
Great movie
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on 1 February 2018
One of my favorite.
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on 18 January 2018
Fantastic film
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on 21 May 2015
Awesome film could watch over & over again
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on 5 December 2005
This film is long and windy in its plot. Don't underestimate. While it isn't spectacularly original and does have some reminiscent flair of top flicks like Bladerunner, it really engages you in something exciting -- paranoia.
The opening of the film is all FIRST PERSON for several minutes: no cuts, no nothing just one long stream of first person action as "you" go into this place with a gun (a small one, you inspect it and question its power, infact) steal some money then run from the cops up to the roof of the building dodging gunfire all the way. Then your buddy jumps to the opposite building and when to try to follow, you don't make it and watch your hands scratching at the brick wall as you descend to your death. All in first person... incredible! There are several sequences of first person action like this throughout the film.
The plot seems pretty predictable and tedious for about half of the film, but trust me: wherever you think its going, you're wrong. Prepeare for quite a surprise at the end.
For a few quid, you can't go wrong, can you?
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on 10 October 2017
To those who have nervously anticipated this release for as long as I have, I am sorry and angry to confirm that the UK blu-ray release is CUT! The fact that Mediumrare would even bother to release this film in its UK-only, butchered-by-the-BBFC version is frankly ludicrous. In this day and age, I would bet my manhood that this movie would pass uncut if resubmitted to the BBFC, so I can only assume that Mediumrare either don't care or didn't know, both of which ought to disqualify them from releasing anything else ever again.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 17 August 2015
Ralph Fiennes gives an impressive performance as sleazy ex-cop Lenny Nero in Kathryn Bigelow's entertaining SF noir action thriller set in the near future. Nero is Raymond Chandler’s Philip Marlowe transposed to anarchic Los Angeles at the turn of the century, a flawed, fallen honourable man somehow living with his demons and surviving by trading in SQUIDs or ‘Superconducting Quantum Interference Devices’, which attach to the skull and transmit brain waves enabling the wearer to experience another person’s recorded reality. When Lenny acquires a recording of the gruesome death of his friend Iris he decides to investigate, but he is no all-action hero but an emotionally wounded wreck of a man, befriended and protected by Angela Bassett’s sleek tough limo driver and Tom Sizemore’s street-wise private detective (wearing an alarming Meat Loaf wig). The movie radiates a palpable destructive energy as Nero’s odyssey takes him though chaotic urban streets, scummy flea-bitten hotels and raucous grungy nightclubs. Despite being released in 1995 the movie touches on issues which are disturbingly contemporary, both societal and individual as our apparent search for virtual escape and voyeuristic porn leads to anomie and isolation. Probably the most unsettling part of the whole movie is when Fiennes and Sizemore experience Iris’s murder as perpetrator and victim, and it made me think of Michael Powell’s chilling 1960s film Peeping Tom. This is an exhilarating ride, told with an uncompromising conviction and audacious bravado and definitely deserves its place as a nearly-masterpiece of its genre. Highly recommended.
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on 16 June 2014
This film is worth seeing for Juliette Lewis' performance alone. It was this film which encouraged her to enter the music world. Her performance as Faith Justin shows off her vocal abilities and electric stage presence, years before she was rocking out in real life with her own band. The story is interesting enough to hold the viewers attention, but the main thing that kept me watching was the style and special effects. It is visually stunning and it feels remarkably contemporary, since so much of what it envisioned the future to be like, is now our daily reality. Angela Bassett gives a brilliant performance, as does Ralph Fiennes.
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