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- berecruitedSep 22, 2005by
Crash is a powerful, well directed movie
In Crash, Paul Haggis directs a star-studded cast in an exception movie that won over critics in its small-screen release. Crash is the interweaving story of a series of post September 11th Los Angeles residents that somehow connect and affect one another in a provocative manner that challengees the audience as much as it does the characters. The result is a wonderfully connected and intense story that connects that lives of various ethnicities, religions and backgrounds. The troubling aspect the film is that it accurately portrays today’s societies and prejudices – making much of the film troubling and uncomfortable to watch. For that reason alone, it is an important movie to watch.<br><br>And while Crash is well written, wonderfully directed, and emotionally turbulent, the acting is superb. The cast is lead jammed with stars – Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Howard, Christopher Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz Tate and Tony Danza. Don Cheadle is excellent – as always. I was surprised at how well Dillon portrayed his nasty role. And Terrance Howard preceeded “Hustle & Flow” (another terrific performance) with this fantastic portrayal.<br><br>What’s most impressive about the movie, however, is that the audience somehow connects with each of the characters’ lives that “Crash” traverses through. In the same way that American History X was powerful – you will leave Crash somehow (and troublingly) empathizing or relating to someone or something that you didn’t expect. That’s the power of Crash and a credit to the acting – they challenge the audience to reconsider themselves, societal norms, etc and in a riveting way.Read full review
- pearl_fashion_t...Jan 12, 2007by
Fear, Anger, Hatred, and Love Have No Color.
In high school most people in the United States have been taught that America is no longer a melting pot where different ethnicities are assimilated into one homogenous mix, but a tossed salad where people keep their differences from their ethnic backgrounds. The ethnic background includes aspects such as race, linguistics, religion, and culture. This knowledge frequently drifts into some unused part of the brain, as it slowly moves into oblivion. Nonetheless, the ethnic differences between people continue to exist in the United States, as people work and handle their personal matters on a daily basis. Crash tells a story of people from all parts of the world, as African-Americans, Asians, Caucasians, Hispanics, and Middle Easterners move through life and occasionally bump into each other by accident, a crash if you will.<br><br>Through daily interaction people accidentally connect with each other where stereotypes and generalizations are made based on assumptions from the brief incidents, previous events, and hearsay. This is often the result of simplified deduction, which could be colored by emotion and bias. The skewed perception of people with different ethnicity could also stem from appearance, gender, and the socioeconomic status of the observer and the observed. Paul Haggis directs several interesting characters from all walks of life such as police officers, criminals, locksmiths, storeowners, and TV directors. Some are caring while others neglect those around them. They have one thing in common with each other - no one is alike.<br><br>Instead of playing the card of racism in a black and white manner, Haggis cleverly intertwines all of the characters through a truly genuine approach. The origin of intolerance is being dissected through the camera that depicts the characters' behavior while also displaying the source of the behavior. Through the characters Haggis displays different emotions such as fear, anger, hatred, and love. These different emotions are expressed in different manners, as interactions between the characters accidentally appear. Some times the observed feelings are subtle, as when Jean (Sandra Bullock) in fear grabs Rick's (Brendan Fraser) arm while Anthony (Ludacris) and Peter (Larenz Tate) walk by them, which is even mentioned by Anthony. Another more overt example is when Farhad (Shaun Toub) speaks in Farsi to his daughter at a gun store in Persian, as the gun store manager throws out prejudicial comments toward Farhad.<br><br>Many of the scenes display racism, but the focus is on an incident before that triggered emotions such as rage, fear, and hatred. These powerful emotions burn violently inside each person when being hostile, as the individual regresses into simplistic thinking using their stereotypes and generalizations as guides. When each person regresses through anger someone always tends to get hurt either physically or emotionally. In turn this anger breeds more anger much like Hydra, as when one head is cut off two new heads grow out. The anger develops into fear of similar incidents which then is communicated to friends, media, or other channels of communication. Sometimes people simply neglect to inform others of racist behavior in fear of repercussions. Consequently, the fear brings about more negative generalizations that feed the hatred. In the story the hatred is directed toward people due to their ethnicity, as race is the easiest thing to observe since it rests within the skin color of each person.<br><br>CrashRead full review
- s91c30Dec 4, 2013by
This is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. A must see! i would recommend this movie to anyone who believes in the power of the human spirit through adverse situations.
- savannah_kiddo9...May 10, 2013by
This was an INTENSE but GREAT movie! It explores and protraqys some of the most evil racism and hate of the human race. It shows our flaws and how simple acts of ignorance and compassion can change more than one can know. Definitely a must see! Been sharing this movie with friends and family!
- busybabyboomerMar 18, 2010by
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