Strange Days

Superb points for camera and editing. Also notably fine direction (Kathryn Bigelow) and acting (Ray Fiennes, Angela Basset, Juliette Lewis). A well-constructed, constantly-on-the-move thriller that keeps us keen on the way to the New Year of the New Millennium.

The kicks from the virtual reality make more sense than they did in Douglas Trumbull's Brainstorm and the tale is better too. The time keeps ticking and the future in L.A. seems so much like the present, only more so; what I mean is, political murders and racial riots are still the menu of the day. Unfortunately, the makers seem to throw in the towel at the end of the film and choose for a happy ending instead of leaving the audience with a chill which might have made this film a piece of lasting cinema history. Despite this lapse of judgment, well worth seeing.

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