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Crash
DVD disk
10.10.2005 By: Sturdy
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Director:
Paul Haggis

Actors:
Sandra Bullock
Don Cheadle
Matt Dillon

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
“Crash” follows the intertwining tales of several Los Angeles residents of all races as they come to terms with their own stereotypes against one another.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I wish Hollywood made more movies like this. CRASH is a movie where egos are put aside and some famous players get together to make a compelling racial drama. It is well written, well directed and superbly acted. The best part about CRASH is that it makes you question your own views towards those of an opposite race and realize the way others might view you. All the while the film gives you brief glimpses into the lives of virtually every race as they endure life-altering events.

Race is the unspoken character in the movie as it plays a more important role than any of the actors. It’s so big and important that it almost draws away from what’s going on in the movie. The audience gets so obsessed with the racial tension and the unspoken feelings that we tend to lose the message of Paul Haggis’s script. There are many messages to the film as you can imagine but the general idea is we are all created equal despite our general differences. Or something like that.

As much as I enjoyed Hollywood tackling a complex issue, I have to admit that I didn’t love this movie as much as many of my counterparts. I felt it tried to juggle too many things at once and ultimately fell short of its goal. The everyday hardships that even one particular race goes through can’t be justly represented in a two hour movie, let alone the hardships of every race. Somehow I get this nagging feeling that Mr. Haggis was pressured to keep his movie around the two hour mark and therefore had to cut certain aspects of his script. I think the movie would have been better off by removing certain characters and focusing on a select few. With that said, I still enjoyed the film and I have the utmost respect for what Paul Haggis wanted to accomplish.
THE EXTRAS
If “Crash” fares well during the award season, expect there to be a special edition release next spring. Otherwise, we’re left with this measly offering.

Commentary with director/writer Paul Haggis, producer/actor Don Cheadle, and writer Bobby Moresco: This is a good commentary by three guys that are proud of what they accomplished. They talk about the problems they faced getting it made and the reactions executives had to a racially driven movie.

DVD introduction by Director Paul Haggis (:17): Paul thanking you for watching his movie.

Behind the scenes (10:08): Fluff piece trying to sell the movie to you after you’ve bought it.

There are also Trailers and a Music Video which didn’t do much for me.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Don’t get me wrong, despite it’s minor flaws, CRASH is a wonderful, powerful film that will make you question yourself and those around you. It’s definitely one you should watch with a loved one or a group of intelligent friends because your conversations about the film will last long into the night.
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