These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
YMMV: Strange Days
Complete Monster: Max Peltier is an ex-cop and private detective turned Psycho for Hire. Contracted to silence prostitute Iris when she witnesses the murder of rapper Jeriko One, Max hooks her up to a SQUIDnote Superconducting Quantum Interference Device-a device that lets one experience the memories of another, then rapes and murders her, using the SQUID to ensure that she experiences not only her own horror, but his enjoyment of the act. He then sends his memory of the event to Lenny Nero, his supposed best friend, so that Lenny can experience it first hand, leaving him a shaken mess. He attacks Lenny's friend and memory supplier Tick, using a SQUID to overload and melt his brain, then does the same thing to his own employer, Philo Gant, reducing him to a comatose wreck before murdering him. In the climax, Max reveals that he plans to pin the blame for all of the murders on Lenny, then tries to throw his "friend" out of a window.
A news broadcaster mentioned that astrologists predicted that Moammar Ghadafi would win the Nobel Peace Prize. Fast forward to 2010 to the 2011 Libyan uprising...
Also, during Jeriko One's speech, he mentions the LAPD "arranging deckchairs on the Titanic." Considering who the writer is.
More like Author Appeal, as James Cameron had been obsessed with the Titanic most of his life.
Very early in the film, a caller on a radio talk show can be heard complaining about the country's problems, among them how gas costs more than three dollars per gallon. Nowadays, the price can get as high as five dollars per gallon or more in some areas.
Squick: The rape-murder recording, especially taking into consideration what that involves for the character using it. It isn't just seeing it in first person like the audience does (which is bad enough), but experiencing everything the perpetrator experienced. And, since he had it hooked up to a device he'd put on her head, she did, too. *shudder*
The scene where Lenny reveals why exactly he's still so hung up on Faith:
When I met Faith, she was just another runaway, giving twenty dollar blowjobs to buy crank. Just another lost soul. But she had this voice... it was scary, like she could take all the hurt and rage of the entire world and lift it up to Heaven in one voice. I helped her. And I promised her that I'd always just be there, to protect her. See, it's not about what's in her head, it's what's in mine. I can't let go of the promise. It's like it's all I have left.
For added value, Lenny begins this by asking Mace whether she's ever been in love with someone who didn't return her feelings. Mace pointedly replies that yes, she has.
What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Max stabs Lenny in the back both figuratively and literally, and to defeat him, Lenny must cut the tie that connects them. Also, note the quip Max makes when Lenny discovers his color-blindness.