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Crash (2005)

Cast: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, more...
Director: Paul Haggis, Paul Haggis
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Studio: Lions Gate
Genre: Drama, Politics and Social Issues
Running Time: 122 min.
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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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

GreenCine Member Reviews

It must appeal to me more than to many by Texan99 September 4, 2010 - 12:30 PM PDT
I approached this movie with some suspicion, expecting to be lectured to. Instead I found my heart broken several times over. This was a finely crafted ensemble piece with a surprising number of characters worth caring about. The damage that racism does in their lives is truly painful, and never quite what we expected. At the same time, it's not a cringefest; many characters find it within themselves to behave better than we expect them to, while others leave unexpected carnage in their wake. Someone complained that Sandra Bullock's tour de force was too brief. It was extremely brief, but exactly long enough. She was only one of many who gave first-rate performances in a fine movie.

Mixed by rkangas March 7, 2007 - 11:04 AM PST
I enjoyed the movie, some of the plot threads were actually pretty good, but there were a lot of times where things felt forced to fit together for the sake of the movie. Like fitting a square peg into a round hole. It was enjoyable, but not movie of the year material.

This movie is a must see by WEverett February 11, 2007 - 12:14 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I was upset as the movie unfolded after the clerk told me it was a great movie. Here I was watching a movie about anger, racism, and depressing life issues... the beauty of the movie is worth the wait as it comes crashing down around you for a spiraling incredible ending.

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