I feel this is one of the lesser know films of either James Cameron or Katheryn Bigelow. The two work fantastically together, with a story by James Cameron and the screenplay co written by the man and Jay Cocks, which is excellently directed by Katheryn Bigelow.
In the run up to New Years Eve of 1999, the last couple of days of the year we find Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiences) selling people’s memories and experiences on Mini Disks, which leads him into finding himself in the possession of the last few minutes of a murder victim. Which affects so many people of the city… more than some would like to admit. Of course there are too many people involved in the case and there are too few people who can’t be trusted, some Lenny knows, some he wishes he didn’t. Then there is Lornette Mason (Angela Bassett) who is pulled into the situation mainly due to the fact that she is a friend of Lenny’s. Lornette tries to steer Lenny through not only him his problem of possessing the Mini Disk, but his… what seems to be a obsession with Faith Justin (Juliette Lewis), who was once upon a time his girlfriend.
This nicely mingles the hysteria of a small group of people going through the build-up to the end of the year and what people were thinking would happen when the clock hit midnight, if it could mean the end of the world, while others were gearing up to celebrate. The energy and the uncertainty of who is who and why is done perfectly and we find ourselves involved with people in such a way that we are searching for signs and meaning.
Released in 1995 this was taking a look at what was still to come, what was going through people’s minds in the mid 1990 as they looked towards the end of what some were predicting as the end of existence. Like many of the films James Cameron has been involved in, this gave us strong females characters looking after themselves, even if some of them were not thinking clearly. This brilliantly builds the distrust and questioning certain choices some of the characters made in who they find themselves either in the company of, or who they think they can take certain pieces of information to.
There is so much going on in this film that we are intrigued by what we find ourselves going through with the characters. We find ourselves involved more than we probably think could be possible.