Dir. Kathryn Bigelow (1995); USA, 145m
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis
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Through a neo-futuristic cyberpunk lense, Strange Days explores forbidden technology that allows one to record and experience sensations from the perspective of another’s life. This advanced technology, known as SQUID, could be dangerous if in the wrong hands. Los Angeles becomes a dangerous place to be two days before New Year's Eve of 1999. Ralph Fiennes stars as Lenny Nero, an illegal dealer of SQUID recordings to addicts and low-lifes. Nero teams up with Lornette 'Mace' Mason (Angela Bassett), to unravel the secrets of a murder and bank robbery recorded on SQUID. Will there be enough time to uncover the truth? Strange Days challenges the traditional narratives of Hollywood blockbusters and highlights a need for humanity. Director Kathryn Bigelow was inspired by intense events such as the 1992 L.A. riots, the Rodney King trial, and the O. J. Simpson trial that happened during the film’s production. Echoing themes of injustice that are ever present in American society, Bigelow creates violent worlds that are much like our own to demonstrate the imbalances in our power structures and systems.