This gritty tale was written by James Cameron while he was just finding his ‘Tech-Noir’ feet in the mid-80’s. His then-wife Kathryn Bigelow directed it ten years later with a sharp focus on the criminal exploitation of new technologies.
It has been sighted as an inspiration for the Matrix and broke new ground in POV cinematography.
The performances are strong and the social commentary remains relevant today. It touches on mankind’s perversions and pulls no punches regarding its more controversial scenes. The film nearly finished Kathryn Bigelow’s career, which is a total injustice given its forward-thinking narrative and visually stunning cinematography.