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Strange Days (1995)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Strange Days (1995)

In director Kathryn Bigelow's dystopic tech-noir:

  • the opening exciting action sequence of an illicit 'playback clip' (a "snuff" clip called a 'blackjack') of a failed robbery attempt of a Chinese restaurant by masked criminals, with one of the robbers falling six stories from the side of a building and smashing into the sidewalk: ("It gets you pumpin' man's mundane and desperate existence is another man's Technicolor")
  • the clip was recorded (or "wired") directly from a head device called a 'squid' (short for Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) connecting into the cerebral cortex: ("It's pure and uncut, straight from the cerebral cortex")
  • the scene of late-1999 sleazy ex-vice squad cop and peddler of illegal software clips Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) ecstatically 'jacking in' to playback a clip of sexy ex-girlfriend Faith Justin (Juliette Lewis) filmed from a first-person perspective, as they roller-skated together in Venice, CA - and then in her apartment where she stripped and they had sex together (to the tune of Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds")
  • aspiring singer Faith's harsh rejection of pining Nero at her club: ("You know one of the ways that movies are still better than playback? 'Cause the music comes up, there's credits, and you always know when it's over. IT'S OVER!")
  • another contraband snuff clip, watched to Nero's horror, in which the murderer forced the female prostitute/victim Iris (Brigitte Bako) to be 'jacked in' in order to experience her own brutal rape, strangulation and death
  • the scene of Lenny's exciting escape from two corrupt "loose-cannon" cops when his street-savvy friend - limousine chauffeur-security bodyguard Lornette "Macey" Mason (Angela Bassett), drove their gasoline-soaked burning limousine through a fence and off a pier into the harbor waters (and they made an underwater escape through the trunk)
  • the scene of the brutal assassination of outspoken militant black rapper Jeriko One (Glen Plummer) - shot execution-style by two corrupt, rogue LA cops Steckler and Engelman (Vincent D'Onofrio and William Fichtner) during a random traffic stop
  • the climactic arrival of the millennium's New Year's Eve high atop the downtown Bonaventura Hotel punctuated by Lenny's fight to-the-death against long-haired, menacing ex-cop turned PI Max Peltier (Tom Sizemore), Iris' killer, before Max fell to his death
  • the arrest and death of both cops on the street after the riotous crowd came to heroic Mace's rescue
  • the concluding clinch between Lenny and Mace as the New Year of 2000 began


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