James Cameron wrote the script for this not-so-futuristic science fiction tale about a former vice cop (Ralph Fiennes) who now sells addicting, virtual reality clips that allow a user to experience the recorded sensations of others. He becomes embroiled in a murder conspiracy, tries to save a former girlfriend (Juliette Lewis), and has a romance with his chauffeur and bodyguard (Angela Bassett). Cameron's ex-wife, director Kathryn Bigelow (Point Break), brought the whole, busy, violent enterprise to the screen, and while the film's socially relevant heart is in the... right place, its excesses wear one out. Some of the casting doesn't quite click either: Fiennes isn't really right for his nervous role, and Lewis is annoying (and unbelievable as the hero's much-yearned-for former squeeze). Expect some ugly if daring moments with the virtual reality stuff. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com [show more]
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Action drama directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Ralph Fiennes, Angela Bassett and Juliette Lewis. In a chaotic and lawless Los Angeles at the turn of the millennium, the practice known as jacking in, using an illegal electronic device to undergo another person's experiences, has become a widespread phenomenon. Former LAPD officer Lenny Nero (Fiennes) refuses to partake in the many violent and twisted uses of this technology but he is nonetheless addicted to it and the experiences it allows him to relive with Faith (Lewis), the woman he loved. In a city spiralling out of control, surrounded by vices of all kinds, Lenny tries desperately to reunite with Faith while investigating the murder of a prostitute.