Afro-Futuristic Vision #3 sTRAnge DayS
Let’s look at Lornette Mace Mason’s name or as an Afrofuturist would like to put it…the utterance of their energy. Lornette –
A lost soul of force and builder of walls. A defensive strong-willed individual who sets things right by force. She builds up a wall to protect herself from the harshness of the world around her.
Lornette is thrust into a world of unscrupulous individuals who seek to stimulate their minds with external devices in the pursuit of pleasure along with the assassination cover-up of the murder of rapper and social commentator Jeriko One during the largest event in recorded European History….the year 2000. She invariably ends up playing a role of ‘spiritual nanny’ to ‘children’ meanwhile attempting to hold her own family together. She jokingly says ‘Driving Mr. Lenny’ as she drives Lenny in the limo she chauffuers in as bodyguard. Lenny is a former LAPD officer who peddles SQUID
Description of Movie –
In the last days of December 1999, Los Angeles has become a dangerously volatile war zone of crime and violence. As a group of criminals rob a Chinese restaurant, the whole event is recorded by a robber wearing a ‘SQUID’ recorder or “Superconducting Quantum Interference Device”, a device that records events directly from the wearer’s cerebral cortex, which, when played back through a MiniDisc-like device, allow a user to experience the recorder’s memory as if was his or her own experience. Lenny Nero (Ralph Fiennes), who viewed the whole thing, is a former LAPD officer turned black marketeer who deals in bootleg SQUID recordings. His main supplier, Tick (Richard Edson), tries to sell the clip to him. Lenny initially refuses due to the recording ending with the wearer’s death, but eventually agrees to buy it at a reduced price, intending to edit out the death. Meanwhile, a woman named Iris (Brigitte Bako) is being chased by two police officers as she flees to the subway, jumping aboard one of the trains. As the train departs, one of the officers shatters a window and grabs Iris; her wig is pulled off as she struggles, revealing a SQUID recorder headset inside. While Lenny acts smooth with his clients, in private he pines for his ex-girlfriend Faith (Juliette Lewis), while relying on his two best friends, bodyguard Lornette “Mace” Mason (Angela Bassett) and private investigator Max Peltier (Tom Sizemore), for emotional support. Mace’s relationship with Lenny is strained, due to her unrequited feelings for Lenny and her disapproval of his SQUID-dealing business. While the three are drinking together at a bar, Iris arrives, drops a disc through the sunroof of Lenny’s car and attempts to explain her predicament to him, but flees when she sees police nearby. Lenny’s illegally-parked car is towed away before Lenny can find the disc.