Rolling Stone - 10/19/1995
"...A visionary triumph....The dazzling, era-defining STRANGE DAYS stands its moral ground..."
Sight and Sound - 01/01/1996
"...Breathtaking....Racing visuals thunderously reinforced by sonic closure..."
USA Today - 10/06/1995
"...[Fiennes is] fun to watch here..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/20/1995
"...STRANGE DAYS has a dazzling atmostphere of grunge futurism..."
Variety - 09/04/1995
"...A technical tour de force for director Kathryn Bigelow and her team, who dazzlingly root this future noir in a technology that allows a viewer to revisit someone else's experience....The film is a triumph..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/13/1995
"...The movie is a technical tour de force....The pacing is relentless, and the editing, by Howard Smith, creates an urgency and desperation..."
Uncut - 08/01/2001
"[A] visceral, violent distillation of America on the cusp of the 21st century..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
It's the eve of the millennium in Los Angeles, December 31, 1999. Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) is an ex-cop turned street hustler who preys on human nature by dealing the drug of the future. It's an environment that will lead him deep into the danger zone when he falls into a maze filled with intrigue and betrayal, murder and conspiracy. Angela Bassett and Juliette Lewis co-star in this provocative, action-packed thriller written by James Cameron (Titanic, The Terminator, Judgment Day).
A virtual-reality pusher sells escapist clips of other people's experiences to image-addled junkies in this punishing, darkly stylish cyberpunk thriller set during the final 48 hours of 1999.
It is 1999, and urban society is little more than a vast wasteland of anarchic violence. Seedy, burnt-out ex-cop Lenny Nero caters to the sensation-seeking citizens by dealing in "clips": virtual reality sequences where the user can "re-live" the experiences of another, including robberies, rape and murder. But Lenny's life is turned upside-down when two rabid cops, who want an incriminating clip that Lenny possesses, begin to pursue him. Furthermore, Lenny, with the help of female bodyguard Mace, is desperately searching throughout the chaotic enclaves of L.A. for his ex-girlfriend Faith, who he still loves. Everything comes to a head at a wild, tremendous -- and turbulent -- New Year's Eve party that will usher in the new millennium.
Premiered at the 52nd Venice Film Festival (Venetian Nights) held August 30 through September 9, 1995.
Shown at the New York Film Festival October 7 & 8, 1995
Released theatrically in the USA October 13, 1995.
Color by CFI; DeLuxe prints; shot in Panavision widescreen.
Additional cast: Joe Uria (Keith), Nicky Katt (Joey Corto), Michael Jace (Wade Beemer), Louise LeCavalier (Cindy 'Vita' Minh), Jim Ishida (Mr. Fumitsu), David Carrera (Duncan), Todd Graff (Tex Arcana), and Brook Susan Parker (Cecile).
Additional credits: Suzanne Geiger, Sam Hoffman, Rebecca Strickland (assistant directors), Leigh French (voice casting), Malcolm Brown (camera operator), and Banned From the Ranch Entertainment (video graphics).
10,000 people were invited to a free concert to fill the street for the climactic showdown--a scene which required 2,000 balloons, half a ton of confetti, and hundreds of fireworks.