Director: Paul Haggis
Writers: Paul Haggis; Bobby Moresco
Keywords: Crime, Explosions
Los Angelenos hailing from a wide variety of backgrounds come together to weave a racially-tinged web of stories.
Inspired by a real-life 1991 carjacking incident involving director Paul Haggis' Porsche, Crash follows a cast of adults from differing walks of life and circumstances over a thirty-six hour expanse of time in Los Angeles, showing how the lives of individuals ranging from a race-baiting Caucasian district attorney to two African-American carjackers come together to craft a thought-provoking and socially-relevant tale offering commentary on race relations in our society.
Review by anonymous (posted on 28-Jul-2006)
CRASH is West Coast, specifically LA, as
skewed a view of the world as that shown in Chinatown. That said, it is
also very good (to be fair, East Coast -- New York, Boston,
Philadelphia -- world views are even more skewed and formulaic). Haggis
plays against the usual formulas and cliches to great effect ... at
least until you catch the rhythm of the movie and begin to anticipate
outcomes. Even so, there are several deservedly praised moments that
will choke up most viewers. Matt Dillon, Thandie Newton, Don Cheadle,
Sandra Bullock and more turn in exceptional work. CRASH succeeds and is
viewed best as an ensemble piece. No truly deep thoughts here, but
clearer and more honest thoughts on race and class than has been seen
in a mainstream movie in at least a decade.
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