Strange Days

"I am your main connection to the switchboard of the soul. I'm the magic man... Santa Claus of the subconscious."


A recent thread inspired me to revisit the 1995 film Strange Days this week. It was as trippy as I remembered it - the story of an ex-cop named Lenny, played by Ralph Fiennes, who hustles tech called SQUID; which is a headset that records the wearer’s experiences for others to later 'plug in' and experience it themselves. It virtually allows you not only to see and hear the experience, but to feel it.

In classic Hollywood form, he eventually uncovers a conspiracy when he obtains a shocking and violent murder; it leads him down an unescapable path that surfaces a society that is rampant with racism and political corruption; he threatens to uproot it all. The film flopped, making $8 million in the box office.

What struck me as interesting about Strange Days, was that the feel of the world was more in tune with 2020 and the problems we face, instead of the setting of New Years Eve of 1999. Perhaps the reason it bombed was that it was almost ahead of its time; it captured a future overwhelmed with fear, privacy-violating tech, social media and people filling their own void by living their lives through Instagram-faked lives.

IMHO, Strange Days is a good rewatch.

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End Thoughts

This is your life, right here, right now! It's real-time, you hear me, real time!

Time to get real, not playback. You understand me?

Memories are meant to fade.

They're designed that way for a reason.

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Jamie Larson