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Underrated Films Presents: Strange Days (1995)

Bitter, Bitter Balcony, Movie Review, Strange Days 1995James Cameron, Jay CocksKathryn BigelowRalph Fiennes,Angela Bassett,Juliette Lewis,Tom Sizemore,Michael Wincott,Vincent D'Onofrio,Glenn PlummerJames Cameron Strange Days(1995)
 

Years before karma gave Kathryn Bigelow the academy award over giving it to James Cameron the two were wed. No seriously. The two rivaling directors were married before they were out back at the Oscars dueling to the death*. Thankfully, this union gave us the gem that is “Strange Days.”

Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) is a dealer of a different, and futuristic, sort. Nero deals “clips.” The drug of choice for those who want to live it up as a lesbian, bank robber or even someone who has legs, in the case they don’t. Lenny Nero is obsessed with his ex-girlfriend, Faith (Juliette Lewis) who is on her slow rise to stardom. Thanks to a “clip” their friend recorded Nero must enlist the help of Mace (Angela Bassett) and Max (Tom Sizemore) to figure out what to do with this clip before the fit hits the shan and cause riots on the eve of New Years 2000.

The movie isn’t without flaws. In fact, it’s plagued with odd to poor shot selection, poor editing in some moments and what some would call an over convoluted story. In spite of all this, the movie is great. It provides comedy when it needs to tells its story adequately and best of all entertains. There is never a moment when the mind wanders in hopes something entertaining will happen. Plus, it's also got a great soundtrack that totally compliments the film.

The cast is fantastic. Ralph Fiennes dawns a strange American accent and is charismatic as hell. After seeing this movie way back when it arrived on video (Remember those bricks that would play movie magic?) I recall being bummed out that Fiennes wasn’t in more roles that could only be defined as “cool as hell.”

It’s quite clear that James Cameron devised this story. The science fiction elements like the clips and what they could be used for are well thought out. The film has various elements traditional to his style of writing and has his iconic strong female character. While Mace may not be the lead in this movie she kicks serious ass. Angela Bassett rocks that role and also had me wishing she was in cooler shit back when this was released on video.

All in all, I big puffy heart this film and continue to watch it at least once or twice a year at minimum. If you haven’t seen it check it out for all that it is and forgive it for it’s weaker points. Trust me, it will be easy to forgive based on coolness and charisma.

*Don’t worry, the duel to the death was as much a fail as James Cameron hiring Leonardo DiCaprio in “Titanic”, so they are both alive and well.

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Credits:
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Written by: James Cameron, Jay Cocks
Based on work(s) by: James Cameron
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott, Vincent D'Onofrio, Glenn Plummer


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