Synopsis: On the eve of the millennium, L.A. drug dealer-with-a-heart-of-gold and his long-suffering limo-driving lady-friend elude racist cops, constant street violence, and a psychotic record producer to solve a murder and win back his fucked-up ex-girlfriend.
Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “To stage the millennium bash in the streets of Los Angeles, a crowd of over 10,000 people was invited to a free outdoor concert. In the climactic moment when the year 2000 begins, hundreds of fireworks, 2000 balloons and a half ton of confetti were released.”
What Did I Learn?: Juliette Lewis looks fantastic when she’s topless.
You Might Like This Movie If: You and your buddies want to play a drinking game that requires taking a sip every time: a) Ralph Fiennes is kicked or punched, b) Ralph Fiennes or Angela Bassett run through a crowd scene, or c) Juliet Lewis or Michael Wincott tell Fiennes to get lost.
Really?: 1) It seemed a bit strange that Ralph Fiennes’ character, an ex-cop-turned-drug-dealer would willingly accept a beating from the villain’s ex-football player bodyguard. Later, he quickly cleans the bodyguard’s clock with a few well-placed blows. 2) Did the year 2000 really seem so exciting back in the 1990s?
Rating: Strange Days could have been a much better sci-fi thriller. Clocking in at 145 minutes, the film is far too long as well as trashy and gratuitously violent. 5/10 stars.