Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) 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 (Jennifer Esposito), 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 (Brendan Fraser) is an L.A. district attorney whose wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock), 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 (Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris), who dislikes white people as much as Jean hates blacks, and Peter (Larenz Tate), who is more open minded. Cameron (Terrence Howard) is a well-to-do African-American television producer with a beautiful wife, Christine (Thandie Newton). While coming home from a party, Cameron and Christine are pulled over by Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon), who subjects them to a humiliating interrogation (and her to an inappropriate search) while his new partner, Officer Hansen (Ryan Phillippe), looks on. Daniel (Michael Pena) 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 (Shaun Toub) 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. Crash was the first directorial project for award-winning television and film writer Haggis. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide
Running Time: 122 mins
Sandra Bullock - Jean
Matt Dillon - Jack Ryan
Shaun Toub - Farhad
Terrence Howard - Cameron Thayer
Thandie Newton - Christine Thayer
Ryan Phillippe - Officer Tom Hanson
Michael Pena - Daniel
Tony Danza - Fred
Dato Bakhtadze - Lucien
James Haggis - Lara's Friend
Billy Gallo - Officer Hill
Beverly Todd - Graham's Mother
Loretta Devine - Shaniqua
Don Cheadle - Graham Waters
Jennifer Esposito - Ria
Brendan Fraser - Rick
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges - Anthony
William Fichtner - Flanagan
Larenz Tate - Peter
Art Chudabala - Ken Ho
Nona Gaye - Karen
Marina Sirtis - Shereen
Sean Cory - Motorcycle Cop
Karina Arroyave - Elizabeth
Keith David - Lt. Dixon
Ken Garito - Bruce
MPAA Rating: R(Not For Children, Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Writer(s):Robert Moresco, Bobby Moresco, Paul Haggis
Producer(s):Bobby Moresco, Cathy Schulman, Paul Haggis
4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
Sometimes I Cut Myself to See How Long I Can Take It...
"Crash" tells interlocking stories of whites, blacks, Latinos, Koreans, Iranians, cops and criminals, the rich and the poor, the powerful and powerless, all defined in one way or another by racism. All are victims of it, and all are guilty it. Sometimes, yes, they rise above it, although it is never that simple. Their negative impulses may be instinctive, their positive impulses may be dangerous, and who knows what the other person is thinking?
The result is a movie of intense fascination; we understand quickly enough who the characters are and what their lives are like, but we have no idea how they will behave, because so much depends on accident. Most movies enact rituals; we know the form and watch for variations. "Crash" is a movie with free will, and anything can happen. Because we care about the characters, the movie is uncanny in its ability to rope us in and get us involved.
"Crash" was directed by Paul Haggis, whose screenplay for "Million Dollar Baby" led to Academy Awards. It connects stories based on coincidence, serendipity, and luck, as the lives of the characters crash against one another other like pinballs. The movie presumes that most people feel prejudice and resentment against members of other groups, and observes the consequences of those feelings.
One thing that happens, again and again, is that peoples' assumptions prevent them from seeing the actual person standing before them. An Iranian (Shaun Toub) is thought to be an Arab, although Iranians are Persian. Both the Iranian and the white wife of the district attorney (Sandra Bullock) believe a Mexican-American locksmith (Michael Pena) is a gang member and a crook, but he is a family man.
A black cop (Don Cheadle) is having an affair with his Latina partner (Jennifer Esposito), but never gets it straight which country she's from. A cop (Matt Dillon) thinks a light-skinned black woman (Thandie Newton) is white. When a white producer tells a black TV director (Terrence Dashon Howard) that a black character "doesn't sound black enough," it never occurs to him that the director doesn't "sound black," either. For that matter, neither do two young black men (Larenz Tate and Ludacris), who dress and act like college students, but have a surprise for us.
You see how it goes. Along the way, these people say exactly what they are thinking, without the filters of political correctness. The district attorney's wife is so frightened by a street encounter that she has the locks changed, then assumes the locksmith will be back with his "homies" to attack them. The white cop can't get medical care for his dying father, and accuses a black woman at his HMO with taking advantage of preferential racial treatment. The Iranian can't understand what the locksmith is trying to tell him, freaks out, and buys a gun to protect himself. The gun dealer and the Iranian get into a shouting match.
Not many films have the possibility of making their audiences better people. I don't expect "Crash" to work any miracles, but I believe anyone seeing it is likely to be moved to have a little more sympathy for people not like themselves. The movie contains hurt, coldness and cruelty, but is it without hope? Not at all. Stand back and consider. All of these people, superficially so different, share the city and learn that they share similar fears and hopes. Until several hundred years ago, most people everywhere on earth never saw anybody who didn't look like them.
2 of 6 people found this review helpful.
CRASHING INTO EACH OTHER JUST TO FEEL SOMETHING
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! :)
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
There is no perfect world, the movie makes this clear.
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
1 of 4 people found this review helpful.
One the most shocking movies ever made.
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!!!
If you found this to be helpful please remember to vote !!!!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.