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With: Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Michael Wincott, Vincent D'Onofrio, William Fichtner, Brigitte Bako, Josef Sommer, Glenn Plummer, Richard Edson, Nicky Katt, Kelly Hu, Erica Kelly
Written by: James Cameron, Jay Cocks, based on a story by James Cameron
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
MPAA Rating: R for intense disturbing violence, sexuality and pervasive strong language
Running Time: 145
Date: 09/01/1995
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Strange Days (1995)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Future Tense

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

In the first twenty minutes or so of Strange Days it seems like we're going to get a really good movie. It looks great, it has a great idea and a great cast (Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore). But when the screenplay, by James Cameron, begins to take its interesting and new elements and weave them together in a way that we've seen a thousand times. Despite all the great ideas about the future (1999), pre-recorded dreams and memories, it turns into a lame whodunnit. The movie is directed by Kathryn Bigelow, the director of the cult movie Near Dark and the Hollywood hit Point Break. She is clearly someone with talent and vision, and that alone deserves admiration. She, with the help of her talented cast, constantly wrestles against the script, and for a great deal of time, she appears to be winning.

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