“ It’s the sense of touch… In any real city, you walk. You know? you brush past people. people bump into you. [but] In L.A, nobody touches you. We’re always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch SO much, that we Crash into each other just so we can feel something.” – Officer Graham (played by Don Cheadle), Crash (2004)
“Crash” is a story of a day in the lives of a diverse group of Los Angeles residents. Each from different ethnic backgrounds, blacks, whites, Hispanics, Asians, and Iranian. Also, each from a different social class, “from the have-nots to the have-more-than-you-could-ever-needs”. Characters include film directors, policemen, social workers, criminals, and small business owners. All trying to make it through the day.
“In the style of Magnolia, [Paul] Haggis and co-writer Bobby Moresco weave many stories (too many) into the narrative. But the rage sticks, as do the emotions underlying it.” – Rollingstone.com
The characters in “Crash” are all played by exceptional actors. Some who have earned awards for their part in this film. Others who have won many awards throughout their careers. These actors were all recognized for their performance by the “Actors Guild Awards” who awarded the cast an award for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture”.
Cast members include…
- Sandra Bullock
- Don Cheadle
- Michael Peña
- Terrence Howard
- Thandie Newton
- Laranze Tate
- Chris Ludacris Bridges
- Ryan Phillippe
- Matt Dillon
- Keith David
- Loretta Devine
- William Fichtner
- Brendan Fraser
“ ‘Crash’ writes its themes in capital letters — Race, Class, Life, Fate — and then makes them the subjects of a series of speeches and the pivot points for a succession of clumsy reversals.” – New York Times
“[N]othing less than a post-9/11 fable of frazzled nerves in America” – The Guardian the theme of Crash is one of high importance. The film forces the audience to address some commonplace racial stereotypes, all the while captivating their emotions. Released in 2005, after the September 11th attacks in New York, within a decade of the Rodney King beatings and the O.J. Simpson trial, the timing of this film is essential to how it’s received. In the United States, the turn of the millennial was the homeplace to a new age of racial tension. The ability of “Crash” to address these “Edgy” topics at such a relevant time, while remaining highly entertaining, elevates this film to such high esteem.
“It shows the way we all leap to conclusions based on race — yes, all of us, of all races, and however fair-minded we may try to be — and we pay a price for that.” – https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/crash-2005
The characters lives, accidentally, collide into one another. Hence the name “Crash”. As each person is trying to overcome their own personal problems they become, either a victim or the perpetrator, of prejudice behavior and sometimes outright bigotry. This makes for one amazing experience of a film. This artistically asks a variety of rhetorical questions to the viewer. Are you prejudice? have you had similar situations? or similar feelings towards another person of another race? or even the same race?
“… quite a lot happens. Guns are pulled, cars are stolen, children are endangered, cars flip over, and many angry, hurtful words are exchanged, all of it threaded together …” – New York Times
“Crash” is also equipped with a mix of emotional rendering scenes. Horrible things happen. Making this film “not suitable for children”. Alternatively, it makes for a versatile film for viewers. There is action, romance, humor, suspense, factual information, and of course drama.
“writer-director Paul Haggis has crafted that rare thing – an intelligent, literate Hollywood movie that credits its audience with a brain.” – Sky Films
This masterpiece by Paul Higgins, and his all-star team of a cast, executed a set of intertwined stories to perfection. Each actor delivers award-worthy performance. The Academy awarded Crash three Oscars, including Best Picture. Well deservedly so.
Crash “makes its social and political collisions resonate in our heads so as to leave them ringing. It’s a film you won’t stop thinking about, arguing over, debating, after the lights come up.is a film you won’t stop thinking about, arguing over, debating, after the lights come up.” – New York Magazine