Why it’s a good time to watch Strange Days

Why it’s a good time to watch Strange Days. Strange Days is a 1995 American science fiction thriller film directed by Kathryn Bigelow, written by James Cameron and Jay Cocks, and produced by Cameron and Steven-Charles Jaffe. It stars Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, and Tom Sizemore. Set in the last two days of 1999, the film follows the story of a black marketeer of recordings that allow a user to experience the recorder's memories and physical sensations as he attempts to uncover the truth behind the murder of a prostitute.

Strange Days was one those movies that didn’t get the attention that it deserved when it came out.  It’s one of my favorite movies when I discovered it 3 years ago.  I sometimes like to watch movies from the 90s, because that’s when I had no bills to pay.  Watching 90s movies takes me back to an error where I remember from my youth.  

Strange Days showed us the future.  Now with the Black Lives Matter movement and the whole Police brutality problem that we have in America.  The movie came out in 1995, but is very relevant.  The movie was developed in part from the 1992 Rodney King Riots that happened in Los Angeles. 

Former policeman Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) has moved into a more lucrative trade: the illegal sale of virtual reality-like recordings that allow users to experience the emotions and past experiences of others. While the bootlegs typically contain tawdry incidents, Nero is shocked when he receives one showing a murder. He enlists a friend, bodyguard Mace (Angela Bassett), to help find the killer -- and the two soon stumble upon a vast conspiracy involving the police force Nero once worked for.

Strange Days tanked when it was released, only $8 million on a $42 million budget.  Roger Ebert, who gave the film four stars, predicted that it would become a cult classic, which he was right.  The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow, James Cameron’s former wife.  Kathryn is best known for Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker.  

Strange Days is listed as a Sci-Fi, but we now know it can now be called a realism drama. We currently have technology that can measure brain waves amongst other brain features. Make sure to check out the Emotiv.  The device in the movie however becomes a pornographic device for men looking to get a little relation until one of the recordings turns out to be a police murder.  

There’s a scene in Strange Days where Angela Bassett is being beaten by the Police.  When the cowed sees Bassett’s character crying for help while she is being beaten they then join in to fight their oppressor.  That scene is coming in real life.  With all of the protest and the brutality by police there something will spark an even bigger event.  

The movie was cowritten by James Cameron and Jay Cocks.  James Cameron is more known for his block-busters such as Terminator and Avatar.  Cameron has always been a forward thinker and has always had a somewhat political undertone to his movies. 

I enjoy watch Strange Days.  So if you looking for something to watch while stuck in this apocalyptic Covid and Racial Injustice defining time this would be the movie.