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
The UK cinema version was cut by 1 sec with a further 12 secs of cuts to shots of Iris being electrocuted and raped for the standard video and laserdisc releases, though the 1997 widescreen VHS was accidentally issued fully uncut. The UK DVD features the cut VHS print. See more »
'Memories were meant to fade' and some years after its release this has become a little diminished and less visible, especially as it attempts to forecast a technological future that even today is somewhat ambitious.
Always tricky predicting what's to come, although this does foresee with great clarity abuse by those in authority against the same classes and races that are so disenfranchised today - but maybe that wasn't such a big gamble to take. If I had a crystal ball I would foresee the same continuing for another twenty five years and quite probably in perpetuity.
All in all a reasonable variation on a theme you have seen plenty of before and will continue to do so if this is your bag.
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