In 1999, Los Angeles is racial war zone with the army and LSPD and SWAT officers fighting Afro-American people. The former cop Lenny Nero is a dealer of illegal recording in CDs that gives the memories and sensations of the recorder to the user. He buys the recordings from the supplier Tick; he misses his former mistress Faith, who was a hooker and now is a singer; his best friend is the private eye Max Peltier and the limousine driver Lornette 'Mace' Mason, who has unrequited love for him. Two days before the turn of the century, the black rapper Jeriko One is murdered. The hooker Iris seeks Lenny out but there is an incident and they do not talk to each other. However she drops a recording into Lenny's car while he unsuccessfully tries to meet Faith at a night-club. However her boyfriend Philo Gant does not let them talk. When Lenny learns that Iris was sadistically raped and killed, he gets involved in a sick scheme and discovers dirty hidden secrets.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
As this film was released in 1995, (obviously) filmed & made before, it is very interesting that the most widely used phrase at the turn of the millennium was "Y2K", which is neither written nor spoken in this film. Many people & governments from all over the world thought computers & many other things would not function properly, or even stop altogether. "Conspiracy theories" were ubiquitous. See more »
After Lenny and Max fight in the hotel room, and the glass doors are shattered, all the shattered glass appears to be swept neatly off to the side as Lenny is walking away,. See more »
The ending credits end with the dedication "To Gertrude". See more »
Two scenes cut from the film for pacing are available on the US domestic laserdisc and DVD. The first one shows Lenny Nero trying to "boost the gain" on the first snuff clip so he can make out the face of the murderer (and very nearly frying his brain in the process). The second shows how Lenny and Mace sneak into "the most sold-out party in history:" they swipe a pair of media badges from cameramen. The main cameraman, Vincent, is portrayed by Hill Harper, and Lenny jumps in his shot, which is where the view of his face on the big-screen TV in the square comes from. See more »
"Strange Days" literally has something for everyone. Science fiction, violence, peace, romance, comedy, tragedy, action, you name it -- it's in this film, and it's done with class and intelligence. I agree that this one is destined to become a cult classic. However, be prepared for one of the edgiest, most violent and emotionally exhausting films you've ever seen (the first three minutes of the film make it very clear what you can expect from the rest). There are at least five climactic scenes toward the end, which must break some kind of record. After the movie's over, you may feel like you've just been cooked in a vat of boiling oil... but luckily, you'll be perfectly well-done, not burned to a crisp. 10/10.
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