Strange Days script
Strange Days (1995)
Synopsis: 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.

Then a door opening, a man coming out of a metal firedoor.

Lane grabbing him, throwing him out of the way, holding

the door open as we dive through into--

A stairwell. Lane sprinting up, two steps at a time.

Trying the door at the second floor landing. Locked.


Running up. Dizzying whirl as we run, up and up.

The POV is finally broken by a...



But we don't know where we are yet. We see a man in

extreme close-up: just his eyes and mouth. The eyes are

closed, the eyeballs tracking under the lids, like he is

watching a movie in there. This is LENNY.


This is great... the doors are all

locked. Who are these losers,

friends of yours?


BACK TO POV as we reach the fifth floor landing. Lane is

coming unglued as he finds this door locked. We look

down, see cops coming two floors below. One cranks off a

couple rounds at us and we snap back from the railing.

Pounding up the last flight. Finally! The door is


Blasting through it, behind Lane, onto the roof. Running

all out past AC units and pipes, air vents. Looking up:

an LAPD helicopter orbiting close. It flicks the xenon

onto us and we are running in a vibrating circle of blue


Running along the edge of the roof. Looking down. Car

burning upside down in the street below. The gas tank

explodes, filling the street with orange light. We don't

slow. We're running all out.


Wow... the gas tank is a nice touch.

Oh, oh, end of the line boys.

Ahead, in POV we see the edge of the roof coming up.

Beyond it is another building, about ten feet lower and

separated by a 20 foot alley.

But Lane doesn't slow down. He leaps across the void and

makes it to the other building, landing in a sprawl.

We reach the edge and look down. Six stories. No ladders

or fire-escapes. Whip to behind us. Cops running across

the roof.

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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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