This is a movie you might want to watch if you are anticipating to buy those Google glasses (which allow you to record everything you see). Set in 1999, just days before the new year, Strange Days paints society as a violent one where the end of civilization might happen soon. In this world Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) is a former cop who has become a dealer in experiences. A device has been developed which records everything a person experiences. Those recordings can be played back by another person who feels everything the original person does. It’s a lucrative business for Lenny, but he finds out it is a very dangerous one as well.
He only deals in good experiences (think of thrilling rides or sharing the bed with someone), but once he receives a recording of a murder of someone he knows he has to use his police knowledge to try and find the killer before more people fall victim to him. He is helped by one of his very close friends, Lornette Mason (Angela Bassett).
The power of the camera is a strong one as the riots in Los Angeles after the Rodney King beating proved and there are more examples of it. This movie takes that concept to its logical conclusion and does so in a very thrilling way. As a viewer you see a lot of footage shot from first person and it’s been done convincingly. It sometimes makes you wonder how they filmed it.
What I like so much about this movie is that it captures the vibe of a new millennium and uncertainty that would bring. The technology used in the movie still has not happened, but Google glasses are a first step towards that. The performances by Fiennes and especially Bassett stand out, they make their characters ones you care for. Strange Days is a nice thriller with a sci-fi twist that manages to keep you glued to the screen.