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Crash 2005

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Crash is a powerful, moving and provocative drama following the intersecting lives of a diverse group of people in Los Angeles. Using a sophisticated, layered structure to tell the stories of a multi-racial group of characters as their lives inter-connect through a sequence of events around a car accident, we see their prejudices, tensions and hopes - and how tough, yet uplifting life in the "melting pot" that is Los Angeles, can be.

Starring:
Sandra Bullock, Terrence Dashon Howard
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Sandra Bullock, Terrence Dashon Howard, Jennifer Esposito, Thandie Newton, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris, Don Cheadle, Ryan Phillippe, William Fichtner
Director Paul Haggis
Genres Drama
Studio PATHE DISTRIBUTION
Rental release 5 December 2005
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Sandra Bullock, Terrence Dashon Howard, Jennifer Esposito, Thandie Newton, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris, Don Cheadle, Ryan Phillippe, William Fichtner
Director Paul Haggis
Genres Drama
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 1 February 2010
Main languages English

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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 April 2006
Format: DVD
The movie is set in Los Angeles over a two-day period and follows several unrelated characters as they come to terms with racial prejudice and crime. Some stories eventually overlap; others do not. The characters are presented honestly with all their flaws and a few redeeming qualities. The large ensemble cast is excellent; standouts are Don Cheadle as an honest police detective who has problems at home and at work, Sandra Bullock and Brendan Fraser as a wealthy couple who are carjacked, Matt Dillon as a racist cop who takes care of his ailing father, Terrence Howard as a TV director whose wife Thandie Newton is the victim of abuse, and Shaun Toub as a Persian shop who takes revenge into his own hands.

Although each scene is only a few minutes long and we quickly move to another vignette, the writing is so good that we really come to know and care about the characters. Just when I thought I knew what would happen next, I was surprised, and the whole film was riveting. The plot and dialogue are completely real; there's a constant feeling of tension and isolation, and an unusual and calming soundtrack ties everything together. I didn't expect to like this movie, but I did. It paints a grim picture of Los Angelinos, but it's so well written and the acting is so good that I found it very satisfying.
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Format: DVD
This is a film similar to "Traffic" and "Magnolia" in as much as it has separate storylines running alongside each other, clashing at then end. It tells the stories of several different families/individuals living in LA. When I saw that rapper Chris "Ludicris" Bridges has a part in this film my heart sank, another rapper turned movie actor. I was so wrong, he is fantastic in his role as Anthony, a car jacker with a conscience. He won't rob other black people but thinks it perfectly alright to rob white, rich people at gun point. Bridges brings a touch of comedy to the role especially when he acidentally mows down a poor Chinese man. Racial inequality is the background theme to this film and each individual storyline touches on this issue. Matt Dillon is a policeman who oversteps the mark when pulling over a black movie director and his gorgeous wife. Sandra Bullock plays a spoilt housewife who shouts at her maid for not emptying the dishwasher and for taking too long at the grocery story. When she has her locks changed she assumes the locksmith will sell on her key to his "homies" just because he has tatoos. Her husband is the DA who surpresses any news stories that do not suit his agenda. An Iranian family struggle to defend their store against robbers and the father assumes everyone is a "cheater". There is a harrowing scene when Anthony discovers the van he has stolen is full of Cambodians chained to the sides, the going rate for a human being is much less than that for a car. People trafficking isn't a subject I'd see tackled in a film before and it is shocking. The characters in this film are all three-dimensional showing their good and bad sides. My review has made the story seem complicated but it was an engrossing watch. Probably a film you will watch more than once.
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Format: DVD
The whole point of this film is that it examines extremes of prejudice in all their forms. If that means it delivers its message with a sledge hammer then that is what the makers intended! It is a film about choices some of which appear good and some bad, but by the end of the film you are questioning your own morality because all the people you felt sorry for you end up hating and vice versa.
It shows extremes of behaviour and bigotry that you may find distasteful but then it explores the reasons and experiences that have brought those individuals to do the things they have. As other reviewers have said it is difficult to explain without giving away specific plot lines so i agree that this is a film that you must watch and make up your own mind.
As for the reviewers who have criticised the racism and bad language HELLO! this is the real world! if you really think that there are no racists, no people with prejudices and no one who swears in the world, then you obviously dont live on this planet.
This is not a film for the faint hearted or easily offended so be warned, but if you like a challenging subject, and a film that makes you reconsider your own morals and beliefs, whilst treating you as an adult, then this film is for you. Anyone else should pull their curtains, lock their doors and crawl back under their duvet because the real world is obviously not for you.
This is the best film I have seen since hotel rwanda, so please watch this film with an open mind and draw your own conclusions, but for me it is a stunning and thought provoking piece of film making and worthy of 5 stars and a bucket load of oscars.
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This is definitely one of those films that you have to step back from and think – what the hell was that all about! On face value it seems like a film that’s only concerned with racism, but of course, there’s more to it than that?
So, we see the lives and actions of several blacks, whites, Iranians, Hispanics and other mixed races. We have: several police officers, a District Attorney, Store owners, a film director, a Locksmith, a maid, a health worker, husbands, wives, girlfriends, mums, dads, siblings – yes quite a mixture!
I had a good think about this film the next morning and the pennies slowly started to drop!
The film explores some of the reasons for racism – ignorance, fear, anger / revenge, simply the power to apply it, peer pressure, institutional racism, acceptance of white supremacy and force … and so on!
The film also looks at the outside influences on these characters lives – are they all just nasty people? There’s an awful lot packed into this film which needs chewing over to get the best from it?
Once I had got my head around it, it became a much better watch than I had originally thought; I could see why it won so many awards. Yes, a very entertaining film indeed.
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