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Strange Days (1995)
Former policeman Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes) has moved into a more lucrative trade: the illegal sale of virtual reality-like recordings that allow users to experience the emotions and past experiences of others. While the bootlegs typically contain tawdry incidents, Nero is shocked when he receives one showing a murder. He enlists a friend, bodyguard Mace (Angela Bassett), to help find the killer -- and the two soon stumble upon a vast conspiracy involving the police force Nero once worked for.

A burst of bright white static exploding across the

darkness. A high whine on the audio track gives way to

street sounds and rapid breathing.

AN IMAGE wavers and stabilizes: A nervous POV. We're in a

car, sitting in the backseat, and we're nervous, the view

swinging around, showing the street rolling by outside the

windows, then whipping back to the two guys in the front


Our POV looks down at a SMALL RECORDING DEVICE in "our"

hands. A red LED is flashing. We slip the recorder into

a coat pocket.


Okay. It's goin'. I'm recording.

The guy riding shotgun, LANE, is just pulling a pantyhose

over his head, smearing his features into a pig-like mask.

He turns, DIRECTLY TO THE LENS, pissed off.


Good one, dickhead. Thanks for

waitin' till I get this fuckin thing

on. You tryin' ta I.D. me, or


He tosses another pantyhose right at us and we catch it.

Our POV looks down, into the pantyhose, which comes up

over our field of view.

We realize:
this is not some ride-along verite video.

WE ARE ONE OF THESE GUYS. Real honest-to-God point of

view, with no cuts, no music. This is not film, it is

human experience.

The driver is a Hispanic guy named "SPAZ" DIAZ. Lane is a

white guy who looks very strung out. Couple of

crackheads. The car is a mid-seventies barge, piebald

with primer.


Next alley... just pull in slow.

(turning to us)

Hurry up will ya. Here.

He hands us a big stainless steel revolver. The POV looks

down as our shaky hands snap open the cylinder, check the

rounds, snap it closed.

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James Cameron

James Francis Cameron is a Canadian filmmaker, director, producer, screenwriter, inventor, engineer, philanthropist, and deep-sea explorer. He first found major success with the science fiction action film The Terminator. more…

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