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Features Actors:Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Michael Pena, Larenz Tate
Running Time:115 Min.
Graham (Don Cheadle) is a detective stretched thin between fighting with his partner and girlfriend, Ria (Jennifer Esposito), carrying for his drug-addicted mother, worrying over his missing brother, and investigating a shooting between cops that may be racially motivated. Jean (Sandra Bullock) is a rich white woman who is carjacked by two young black men. While she copes with her anger and prejudice, her district attorney husband, Rick (Brendan Fraser), is trying to spin the story in such a way that he won't lose either "the black vote or the law and order vote." Anthony (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) and Peter (Larenz Tate), the carjackers who are constantly debating race politics, accidentally run over a "Chinaman" (actually a Korean man) on their way to sell the merchandise and are later shocked to find themselves confronted by an unexpected ethical dilemma. Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon) is a racist cop with a sick father and a lot of rationalizations for his prejudice. When he pulls over an upper-class black couple, Cameron (Terrence Howard) and Christine (Thandie Newton) with his partner Officer Hanson (Ryan Phillipe), he crosses a line and intentionally humiliates them both. After this traumatic experience, Cameron gets a new perspective on his status at work as a television director and Officer Hanson commits himself to "doing the right thing" and reporting his partner, not realizing where that path will take him. Dorri (Bahar Soomekh) is a young Persian woman trying to convince her shopkeeper father (Shaun Taub) not to buy a gun for his store. He does anyway and careens toward tragedy when he sets out to take revenge on a locksmith, Daniel (Michael Peña), trying to keep his young daughter safe.
This is a good movie, you have to pay attention since they go from one persons life to another.Would recommend to rent or buy.Hope this helps you decide.Thanks for reading! :)
"Crash" is a 2004 American drama film, co-written, co-produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, and was released internationally in 2005. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles. A self-described "passion piece" for director Paul Haggis, "Crash" was inspired by a real life incident in which his Porsche was carjacked outside a video store on Wilshire Boulevard in 1991. It won three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Film Editing of 2005 at the 78th Academy Awards. The main focal plot of this film involves a police detective with a drugged out mother and a thieving younger brother, two car thieves who are constantly theorizing on society and race, the white district attorney and his irritated and pampered wife, a racist white veteran cop who disgusts his more idealistic younger partner, a film director hits with his wife who is ashamed and humiliated by two policemen, a locksmith and his young daughter who is afraid of bullets. In 2005, "Crash" controversially won the Best Picture Oscar over the critically-favored 'Brokeback Mountain', making it the fifth film in history to win the Academy Award for Best Picture without even being nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture. The director's cut of the film was released in a 2-disc special edition DVD on April 4, 2006, with more bonus content than the one-disc set. The director's cut is 3 minutes longer than the theatrical cut. The scene where Daniel is talking with his daughter under her bed is extended and a new scene is added with Officer Hanson in the police station locker room. "Crash" remains a very solid piece of cinema, embraced by many film fanatics.
Graham is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him. Graham's partner is Ria, who is also his girlfriend, though she has begun to bristle at his emotional distance, as well as his occasional insensitivity over the fact he's African-American and she's Hispanic. Rick is an L.A. district attorney whose wife, Jean makes little secret of her fear and hatred of people unlike herself. Jean's worst imaginings about people of color are confirmed when her SUV is carjacked by two African-American men -- Anthony, who dislikes white people as much as Jean hates blacks, and Peter who is more open minded. Cameron is a well-to-do African-American television producer with a beautiful wife, Christine. While coming home from a party, Cameron and Christine are pulled over by Officer Ryan, who subjects them to a humiliating interrogation (and her to an inappropriate search) while his new partner, Officer Hansen, looks on. Daniel is a hard-working locksmith and dedicated father who discovers that his looks don't lead many of his customers to trust him. And Farhad is a Middle Eastern shopkeeper who is so constantly threatened in the wake of the 9/11 attacks that he decided he needs a gun to defend his family.
They all live in Los Angeles. And during the next 36 hours, they will all collide…
The movie asks a question and it presents a view that is both stark, and enlightening at the same time. No matter what you think or what you believe deep down inside of us all we are a little bit racist whether we realize it or not. The question is what do you do when presented with this stark reality, do you face up to it and try and be better and fight racism or do you hide from the fact and try and go on like you didn’t have your eyes opened by such enlightenment. Each of the characters in the movie must come to their own decision on how they will decide what do with racism when confronted with it just like you as an audience must deal with the reality that you may be racist in ways you never imagined. No matter how far we think we have come as a country if you were to see two black men with baggy pants and bandanas across the street from you, you would clutch your purse or wallet tighter and try to hurry on past them. The two thugs in the movie make this enlightening statement then they back it up with their own hypocrisy. They don’t want to be stereotyped nor viewed through racial eyes but at the same time for those they come in contact with they reinforce those stereotypes. How many of us our like that, we fight to destroy stereotypes and racism but at the same time we create it.
There is no perfect world, the movie makes this clear we probably will never escape racism and stereotypes but we can still make the world a better place by educating ourselves on the harms of racism. The most racist character in the movie is played by Matt Dillon and he is also the glimmer of hope in the movie because when he realizes what harm his actions have done it’s almost like a ray of sunshine shining through the storm clouds. There is hope, we can change, we can make the world a better place, we are not monsters and if the worst character in the movie can find his humanity then we should be able to. The movie is powerful, it is provocative and it will make you take a new look at yourself and how you deal with people around you. There isn’t enough praise in my humble words for this
Paul Haggis in CRASH directs a star-studded cast in an exception movie that won over critics in its small-screen release. Then in turn was voted BEST PITURE by the Actors
Guild(OSCAR) in 2006. Crash is the interweaving story of a series of post September 11th Los Angeles residents somehow connect and affect one another in a provocative manner challenges the audience as much as it does the characters. Results 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. This film is very troubling and at times uncomfortable to watch, but it is very important that people watch this film.
The players are – 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 , which all are excellent.
I don’t want to give the plot(plots) away at all except to say that this is a MUST SEE MOVIE that will shock you. When it is over you will be for sure have a tears in your eyes. You’ll be troubled at the end of this emotionally shocking film, socially, ethnically, emotionally.
Don’t let this movie pass you by A MUST OWN!!!
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Several stories interweave during two days in Los Angeles involving a collection of inter-related characters, a black police detective with a drugged out mother and a thieving younger brother, two car thieves who are constantly theorizing on society and race, the distracted district attorney and his irritated and pampered wife, a racist veteran cop (caring for a sick father at home) who disgusts his more idealistic younger partner, a successful black Hollywood director and his wife who must deal with racist cop, a Persian-immigrant father who buys a gun to protect his shop, a Hispanic locksmith and his young daughter who is afraid of bullets... These are all the major players of this movie, yet nothing about the movie has been told. This amazing film just continues right to the very end when all of these people lives all meet in the center.. How funny people world go Full Circle in a matter of days... Must see movie Great Cast.. Matt Dilion is perfect. Don Cheadle Always takes on great rolls, fantastic.. There are so many people in this movie.. All I will say is this movie would not work without the great acting everyone did.
My Grade A
This is a very good movie.. Great Acting, Fine Story, Makes you think about life.. and how things you do can come back to haunt..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Over the span of 36 hours, several people come in dramatic contact with each other and their lives are changed forever.
These humans crash with each other in ways that make us all see how prejudice, ignorance, and misunderstanding affect our very lives.
And a superb film to watch to study filmmaking -- fascinating juxtapositions, segues, camera angles, lighting, and nuances. Outstanding musical score gives a real pulse to the story.
Cast includes: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Dashon Howard, Ludacris, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Tony Danza and Bruno Kirby's father.
Written and directed by Paul Haggis (who also wrote the fabulous Million Dollar Baby).
Tensions erupt when the tangled lives of a Brentwood housewife (Sandra Bullock), her district attorney husband (Brandan Fraser), a Persian shopkeeper,
two cops- one a detective (Don Cheadle) and the other a racist (Matt Dillon),
a pair of carjackers and a korean couple converge over a 36 hour period in the diverse metropolis of post 9/11 Los Angeles. Movie was an Oscar Winner for
Best Picture and writer-director Paul Haggis continued his great work here
in the follow up to the movie Million Dollar Baby that starred Clint Eastwood.
Get over the fact of the improbable nature of the chains of event and sit back and enjoy a truly excellent ensemble cast who provided career quality performances. Terrance Howard, Thandie Newton, Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraiser, Matt Dillon, Michael Pena, Don Cheadle, Ryan Phillipe, Chris"Ludacris" Bridges, and so many more. Wow - such great acting for such small roles!