An absorbing masterpiece which can leave you feeling so utterly depressed at one point yet uplifted and enlightened at another - a film which can be so complex yet so uncomplicated. It is often the low budget films which can impress the most and this is no exception. Helped by it"s star studded cast, I cannot recall seeing a film with so many credible and utterly commanding characters, each having traits you so easily find yourself relating to. With so many plot twists and turns the outstanding script and flawless acting leaves you forgetting you are watching a film and leaves you totally engrossed.
The multiethnic cast of characters sees their paths entwined by a crash leading to a hectic cycle of racial resentment and intolerance. The message behind the film lies in the characters paranoia of being victims of racial abuse that they can no longer live together rationally. Many scenes will leave you horrified and disturbed for many different reasons whilst others with stun you with its simplicity and beauty as the consequences lead to reawakening for not only each character but also yourself. Few films contain such powerful scenes as this.
In a politically correct world, especially in Hollywood, it is rare to find anything that confronts difficult issues head-on but not only does it succeed in doing this it completely destroys the issue. In his first film since Million Dollar Baby, Paul Haggis has created an instant classic. If I could recommend just one film to you from the past year it would be, without doubt, this one.
Deeply thoughtful but without falling into the trap of the self-consciously clever, Crash even succeeds in drawing us into the lives of characters with whom we find it hard to imagine we would ever empathise. Comparisons with critically-acclaimed predecessors such as Magnolia are in fact more flattering to the earlier works than they are to Paul Haggis's film simply because every single character and every situation here seems entirely plausible. The cast turn in uniformly excellent performances and make full use of a tightly written script and direction that doesn't waste shots. Some scenes make incredibly uncomfortable viewing while others are achingly poignant but the interweaving of cause and effect in the lives of the protagonists is so well played and written that every wrong move is made understandable without removing the responsibility of each character for their actions - a difficult balance to strike - in film and in life. It is this accurate depiction of the human condition with all its greatness and all of its flaws which means we leave this film wondering - and perhaps talking - about who and what we are - which is never a bad thing.
The plot to Crash is both basic and complex, you can watch it as a saturday afternoon melodrama where women lose their children and husbands lose there wives and it will satisfy you, but it also works on another level where every story constantly challenges your pre-conceptions unlike most modern cinema. Characters will shock you, because having pigeonholed them as liberal goodies or racist baddies you realise, they're neither of those things, just human. This is something we don't normally expect of Hollywood.
It is an emotional viewing experience, the like of which I've never experienced before. It takes you from tears of sorrow to tears of joy in a heartbeat. Performances are outstanding and the melodramatic leanings mentioned above left no sour taste for me.
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An intersecting story set in Los Angeles. A detective with a heroin addict mother and criminal brother investigates the shooting of a black cop by a white one. Two hoodlums jack the car of the District Attorney and his angry, racist wife. An upper-class African American couple are harassed by a racist cop.
Oscar-winning urban drama which tracks the volatile intersections of a multi-ethnic cast of characters' struggles to overcome their fears as they careen in and out of one another's lives. A Brentwood housewife and her DA husband; a Persian store owner; two police detectives who are also lovers; an African-American television director and his wife; a Mexican locksmith; two car-jackers; a rookie cop; and a middle-aged Korean couple - they all live in Los Angeles, and during the next 36 hours, they will all collide. Matt Dillon, Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle and Karina Arroyave star.