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Lives in Los Angeles intersect following a random car-jacking.
Movie studios, by and large, avoid controversial subjects like race the way you might avoid a hive of angry bees. So it's remarkable that Crash even got made; that it's a rich, intelligent, and moving exploration of the interlocking lives of a dozen Los Angeles residents--black, white, latino, Asian, and Persian--is downright amazing. A politically nervous district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his high-strung wife (Sandra Bullock, biting into a welcome change of pace from Miss Congeniality) get car-jacked by an oddly sociological pair of young black men (Larenz Tate and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges); a rich black T.V. director (Terrence Howard) and his wife (Thandie Newton) get pulled over by a white racist cop (Matt Dillon) and his reluctant partner (Ryan Phillipe); a detective (Don Cheadle) and his Latina partner and lover (Jennifer Esposito) investigate a white cop who shot a black cop--these are only three of the interlocking stories that reach up and down class lines. Writer/director Paul Haggis (who wrote the screenplay for Million Dollar Baby) spins every character in unpredictable directions, refusing to let anyone sink into a stereotype. The cast--ranging from the famous names above to lesser-known but just as capable actors like Michael Pena (Buffalo Soldiers) and Loretta Devine (Woman Thou Art Loosed)--meets the strong script head-on, delivering galvanizing performances in short vignettes, brief glimpses that build with gut-wrenching force. This sort of multi-character mosaic is hard to pull off; Crash rivals such classics as Nashville and Short Cuts. A knockout. --Bret Fetzer
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Be prepared for a lot of suspense and action. I'm probably forgetting something but there was at least one carjacking, a traffic arrest, a break-in and several, major confrontations between people of various races and backgrounds.
The confrontations hold this film together - the many ways people see each other, based on their skin color, backgrounds and even the way they speak..and then act on those viewpoints. Often their beliefs are wrong, but wrong or right, they still have consequences. This is the type of film that forces one to think and even to examine one's assumptions.
By the way, viewers might appreciate knowing that the director of this one was also one of hte screenwriters for Million Dollar Baby, another film I absolutely loved. So it was no surprise to find this one so compelling as well.
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