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Crash (2005)
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Review Date: October 07, 2005
Director: Paul Haggis
Writer: Paul Haggis, Robert Moresco
Producers: Paul Haggis, Don Cheadle, Mark Harris
Actors:
Matt Dillion as Officer Ryan
Thandie Newton as Christine
Sandra Bullock as Jean
Plot:
A film featuring the intertwining lives of a number of people of different races living in L.A. and grappling with their every day challenges, as well as their inherent, subtle and obvious prejudicial tendencies. As the film progresses, each character is faced with mounting issues and is required to make life-altering decisions based on their own life’s accumulation of experiences. A truthful film ensues.
Critique:
It’s easy to forget how great movies can be when we’re inundated with remakes, TV-show-movies, sequels and pieces of crap all the time (not necessarily all mutually exclusive), but when a superlative motion picture like CRASH hits the screen, it’s also easy to remember how powerful and entertaining a film can be, and how important it is for people to acknowledge such films, seeing as we need so many more of them these days. There are a heap of elements that I truly appreciated about this movie, including its obvious honesty, its depth of character, its twists and turns, its play on luck, karma and faith, and its ability to allow the audience to sympathize with both sides of most of its internal clashes, as well as its surface aspects like the direction, the score, the acting and the story. Also, in the tradition of such films as PULP FICTION and MAGNOLIA, I like the way it wound through the lives of a number of people, all of whom were unrelated at first, but who inevitably, much like in real life, either rubbed themselves up against another and affected their lives, or directly “crashed” into someone else’s existence and altered their future at the same time. Many elements in this film worked to perfection, but ultimately it was the mix of everything just coming together so beautifully, on an emotional level – a truth level if you will – that got me to genuinely emerge myself into the lives of all these people, every single one of which had a story to tell, a different background and race to present and (again) just like in real life, diverse life experiences to inject into their daily personas.

The film reminded me of a saying that one of my buddies once tossed out there, which stuck to me throughout my life and that is that most people in the world are genuinely “good”, but its their behavior and attitude that will determine whether or not they are actually “good” or “bad” people. My friend had called another person we both knew an “asshole”, which I knew not to be true, so I replied back, “He’s not an asshole, he’s actually a nice guy.” My buddy replied back, “Hey, he may be a nice guy, but he still acts like an asshole…which to me, makes him an asshole!” My point being, and the general undertone of this entire motion picture, and maybe even life in general (wow, this review is getting “deep”), is that you never really know where another person is coming from when you meet them, or even when you just share a moment or two with them in life. Everyone’s experiences have shaped and made them into what they are today, but that doesn’t mean that you needn’t attempt to shape yourself into a better or stronger person, instead of simply resigning yourself to the place to which you’ve been appointed. The greatest part about this movie is that even though it does represent the darkest sides of people living in America today, across all races, it also doesn’t spray them all with the same stink, allowing each person to make decisions and consider changes that inevitably amend their lives, either for the better or worse.

It’s like I used to tell my ex-girlfriend, “Tomorrow is yet another day for you to begin to become who you want to be.” People use their past experiences, their upbringings or anything “external” to explain their behavior and shit, but the truth is that YOU have total control of yourself and YOU make every single decision in your life every single day. The characters in this film were all believable, and despite all of their circumstances ultimately clashing like they might in a “movie”, none of it came across as contrived to me (in fact, I choked up on more than one occasion, thank you very much!), surely because of the amazing writing job by the film’s creators, as well as all of the actors who brought depth to every one of their characters (oddly enough, even Ludacris dropped in a solid performance). The only “negative” that I can note about this film is that I actually wanted it to be longer…another half an hour would likely have added even more to the story, but alas, one should also know when to stop eating a great meal, so maybe I was just asking to be overstuffed. Thankfully, the movie doesn’t tie everything and every story up with a nice pink bow, but does bring to fro the notion that many people in the world forget to incorporate into their daily lives and expectations, particularly in the ever-growing, cynical and anti-social environment in which we are living these days, and that is the notion of hope. I generally reserve this saying to only one or two movies a year, so here’s this year’s refrain: everyone should see this movie.
(c) 2017 Berge Garabedian
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8:40AM on 05/20/2006
Really Good movie, because not only does it talk about racism, in a very well done manner, it also touchs on the subject of racial profiling, which is not a topic covered as much as the openess of racism. It is no American History X but its still a very moving and remarkable movie. I suggested you get off your ass and go see it.
Really Good movie, because not only does it talk about racism, in a very well done manner, it also touchs on the subject of racial profiling, which is not a topic covered as much as the openess of racism. It is no American History X but its still a very moving and remarkable movie. I suggested you get off your ass and go see it.
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8:16PM on 02/26/2006
I just watched this last night as part of my Oscars round up. Wow, it felt like being repeatedly bludgeoned with someone's humanitarian award. I find it totally strange how a movie with cliched direction and an abysmal script can still have good performances. I'm baffled. But hopefully it will lead to more work for Matt Dillon.
I just watched this last night as part of my Oscars round up. Wow, it felt like being repeatedly bludgeoned with someone's humanitarian award. I find it totally strange how a movie with cliched direction and an abysmal script can still have good performances. I'm baffled. But hopefully it will lead to more work for Matt Dillon.
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3:21PM on 02/12/2006
A beautful movie with amazing performances and interesting characters with a wonderful story behind them. Do yourself a favor and rent this movie, and prepare to be amazed.
A beautful movie with amazing performances and interesting characters with a wonderful story behind them. Do yourself a favor and rent this movie, and prepare to be amazed.
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8:45PM on 11/11/2005

Overrated and amateur

This was all over the place. I didn't care for any of the undeveloped characters, the acting was poor (Except Thandie Newton and Don Cheadle)and the movie was cheesy, lame, unoriginal and couldn't have more sentimentalism. It suked.
This was all over the place. I didn't care for any of the undeveloped characters, the acting was poor (Except Thandie Newton and Don Cheadle)and the movie was cheesy, lame, unoriginal and couldn't have more sentimentalism. It suked.
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7:16AM on 10/21/2005
Ok. So it's "different" from what's out there. And it has some solid acting (Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton and Matt Dillon were mediocre at best, though). It has a complicated structure and some solid scenes but the overall feel of it wasn't that much. I felt it was done before in many films and done better. Good but overrated.
Ok. So it's "different" from what's out there. And it has some solid acting (Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton and Matt Dillon were mediocre at best, though). It has a complicated structure and some solid scenes but the overall feel of it wasn't that much. I felt it was done before in many films and done better. Good but overrated.
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8:45AM on 10/11/2005
Mimesis, the notion that art imitates reality is a concept that when applied to "Crash" does that to an extent that makes you feel uncomfortable. More than once it mirrors reality in a way that you want to distance yourself from it only to find yourself drawn deeper into the web of anger, mistrust, lies and racial paranoia as the story unfolds (albeit at times predictably so).
Mimesis, the notion that art imitates reality is a concept that when applied to "Crash" does that to an extent that makes you feel uncomfortable. More than once it mirrors reality in a way that you want to distance yourself from it only to find yourself drawn deeper into the web of anger, mistrust, lies and racial paranoia as the story unfolds (albeit at times predictably so).
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8:23PM on 10/07/2005

I liked it

I really hated this film at the beginning. To me, it seemed like it was trying too hard to be racially "significant" or important. But somehow, it started growing on me, and by the end of the film, I was eating it up. It gets a solid 8/10 from me. This is Dillon's best performance in a long time, and yes, even Ludacris was good.
I really hated this film at the beginning. To me, it seemed like it was trying too hard to be racially "significant" or important. But somehow, it started growing on me, and by the end of the film, I was eating it up. It gets a solid 8/10 from me. This is Dillon's best performance in a long time, and yes, even Ludacris was good.
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6:52PM on 10/07/2005

Best Film of 2005

Hands down my favorite film of the year so far. Aside from being brutally honest, the acting is fantastic, the screenplay is amazing, and the direction is flawless. Definitely the most meaningful experience I've had at the theatre all year.
Hands down my favorite film of the year so far. Aside from being brutally honest, the acting is fantastic, the screenplay is amazing, and the direction is flawless. Definitely the most meaningful experience I've had at the theatre all year.
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5:34PM on 10/07/2005

AT LAST

i live in Trinidad and I saw this film a way back in JUNE, and i waited all summer for this reveiw, which IS FANTASTIC, i didn't no anything about this film before i saw it and it blew me away, i was thinking ok mostly B class cast, but everyone put out an EXCELLENT performance. It had such an indepth look into people that it made me question myself and my rights and wrongs. Paul Haggis to go down in History as an 1 AWESOME DUDE who understands people and cineman. BRILLIANT
i live in Trinidad and I saw this film a way back in JUNE, and i waited all summer for this reveiw, which IS FANTASTIC, i didn't no anything about this film before i saw it and it blew me away, i was thinking ok mostly B class cast, but everyone put out an EXCELLENT performance. It had such an indepth look into people that it made me question myself and my rights and wrongs. Paul Haggis to go down in History as an 1 AWESOME DUDE who understands people and cineman. BRILLIANT
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4:20PM on 10/07/2005

on the mark

You totally nailed it man. This movie was fantastic.
You totally nailed it man. This movie was fantastic.
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