Video Release: February 3, 2004
Rating: R (MPAA)
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Runtime: 145 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
It is 1999, and urban society is little more than a vast wasteland of anarchic violence. Seedy, burnt-out ex-cop Lenny Nero caters to the sensation-seeking citizens by dealing in "clips": virtual reality sequences where the user can "re-live" the experiences of another, including robberies, rape and murder. But Lenny's life is turned upside-down when two rabid cops, who want an incriminating clip that Lenny possesses, begin to pursue him. Furthermore, Lenny, with the help of female bodyguard Mace, is desperately searching throughout the chaotic enclaves of L.A. for his ex-girlfriend Faith, who he still loves. Everything comes to a head at a wild, tremendous -- and turbulent -- New Year's Eve party that will usher in the new millennium.
A virtual-reality pusher sells escapist clips of other people's experiences to image-addled junkies in this punishing, darkly stylish cyberpunk thriller set during the final 48 hours of 1999.
Premiered at the 52nd Venice Film Festival (Venetian Nights) held
August 30 through September 9, 1995. Shown at the New York Film
Festival October 7 & 8, 1995 Released theatrically in the USA
October 13, 1995. Color by CFI; DeLuxe prints; shot in Panavision
widescreen. Additional cast: Joe Uria (Keith), Nicky Katt (Joey
Corto), Michael Jace (Wade Beemer), Louise LeCavalier (Cindy 'Vita'
Minh), Jim Ishida (Mr. Fumitsu), David Carrera (Duncan), Todd Graff
(Tex Arcana), and Brook Susan Parker (Cecile). Additional credits:
Suzanne Geiger, Sam Hoffman, Rebecca Strickland (assistant
directors), Leigh French (voice casting), Malcolm Brown (camera
operator), and Banned From the Ranch Entertainment (video
graphics). 10,000 people were invited to a free concert to fill the
street for the climactic showdown--a scene which required 2,000
balloons, half a ton of confetti, and hundreds of fireworks.