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Thursday, June 30, 2005

All You Need To Know About... Crash

Movie: Crash
Director: Paul Haggis
Writer: Paul Haggis
Distributor: Lions Gate Films
Website: http://www.crashfilm.com/

Sandra Bullock: Jean
Don Cheadle: Graham
Matt Dillon: Officer Ryan
Jennifer Esposito: Ria
William Fichtner: Flanagan
Brendan Fraser: Rick
Terrence Howard: Cameron
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges: Anthony
Thandie Newton: Christine
Ryan Phillippe: Officer Hansen
Larenz Tate: Peter
Michael Pena: Daniel

Plot: A Brentwood housewife and her DA husband. A Persian store owner. Two police detectives who are also lovers. A black television director and his wife. A Mexican locksmith. Two car-jackers. A rookie cop. A middle-aged Korean couple... They all live in Los Angeles. And in the next 36 hours, they will all collide...

Comments: I saw this movie over a month ago and it still haunts me. A friend made a comment a few days ago about people feeling connected / disconnected and this movie popped into my head. I was driving to work and someone cut me off and the movie came to mind. Even walking down the street in downtown TO, elements of this movie crop up.

Written and directed by Million Dollar Baby’s Paul Haggis, this movie is a heart-rending story about racism, hate, loneliness and hope. There is so much abject hatred – sometimes tied to racism – that it takes your breath away. Moments like when Jean (Sandra Bullock) and husband Rick (Brendan Fraser) are walking down the sidewalk in an affluent area of town and she links her arm through her husband’s when passing two black men, (Anthony, played by Ludacris and Peter, played by Larenz Tate) only to get car-jacked by them moments later… when all the while the film is cutting to Anthony’s reaction to Jean – complaining to Peter about how black men get treated in that area of town… it’s incredibly well crafted.

There are minor miracles in the film and irony upon irony… even when someone is achingly trying to do the right thing, societal perceptions are so ingrained that the predictable inevitably happens. What struck me in all this was not the fact that some characters failed to do the “right thing” but that they tried… the characters all seemed to FEEL. The emotion dripped from the screen and seemed to infuse me with thoughts that still linger. This is without question, a must see.

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