Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Strange Days

It is the last day of the 20th Century and a crime ridden Los Angeles is about to erupt with news that the police department is implicit in the death of a megastar musician/activist. Into this mix is thrown Lenny (Ralph Fiennes), a washed up ex-cop turned hustler who pushes the latest cyber technology: a sensory device that allows the user to voyeuristically experience other people's deepest and darkest sensations. Kathryn Bigelow's Strange Days is an overly ambitious film with a protracted denouement, a foreseeable major plot twist, and awful dialogue from her former husband James Cameron and Jay Cocks. It features some incredible action sequence, Fiennes is great as usual, and he receives great support from Angela Bassett. In the end however, the film tries to do much and becomes muddled and mind numbing.