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, Don Cheadle
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful 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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59 of 68 people found the following review helpful By D. Lynch on 22 Mar 2006
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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By L S Randall on 16 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
I watched Crash with increasingly mixed emotions, the films subject, racial predjudice, is at times uncomfortable to watch. However, as the film progressed, the characters developed, and the image you had of them turned round. Its difficult to review without giving away any of the twists, so my advice is, watch it and be prepared for a bumpy emotional rollercoaster ride.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Newton on 1 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
An Altmanesque exploration of LA’s clashing sub-cultures that appears to be about race, but is actually much more. People judge each other, live up to their stereotypes (often knowingly), but are occasionally surprised or challenged. Perhaps surprisingly, Crash is never judgemental. It observes rather than lectures.
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Format: DVD
I find some of the other reviews rather harsh, but of course, it's all down to personal preferences...

Whilst I don't disagree with some of the criticisms, I think the pluses outweigh the minuses, as follows:

1. For me Terrence Howard's superb performance as a prosperous black professional driven close to the edge by race-related pressures was sufficient reason alone to make this film worth watching. I found his performance totally believable (although I can't help feeling that in real life his character would have ended up very dead!)

2. Yes, the film (hopefully!) exaggerates the degree to which racism dominates life in L.A. But for me exaggeration is a valid tool to use in the arts to make a point, and overall this film achieved a slick interweaving of several people's lives to maintain pace and interest throughout.

3. I doubt that there have ever been two young hoods who have ever come anywhere close to debating sociological issues like the two in this film, but they were really entertaining!

4. Don Cheadle was, as ever, excellent; other performances, notably Dillon and Phillipe, were also fine. I agree with an earlier reviewer that Sandra Bullock's presence was largely superfluous (still at least she has finally been in a good film!)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "danbardell" on 12 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
Crash was the best film of 2005 in my opinion. I remember sitting in the cinema mesmerised by what was going on in front of me, it’s now 2006 however, and it is out on DVD, how does it compare?
It compares more than favourably, and the bonus features make it stand out from going to see it on the big screen.
"Crash" is a complex movie with a simple message: set in Los Angeles it follows 8 main characters (and many, many more supporting) from all walks of life and races whose lives intersect at some point during one 24 hour period. These people are all different yet all alienated, to the point of breaking, so much so that when they come together, it all goes off.
The film boasts a host of stars including Brendan Fraser, Sandra Bullock and Don Cheadle and it is a credit to the script that these stars do not up stage any of the other cast neither in performance nor on screen time.
You go through an array of emotions when watching this tale of how people’s actions can have consequences on other people inadvertently. As the title “Crash” suggests, it is a story of how people’s lives collide and how prejudice is still rife in modern day society.
You go through an array of emotions when watching this film; it crashes together a bit of everything, with humour, sadness and action rife throughout this masterpiece, directed by Paul Haggis (writer of hit film “Million Dollar Baby”).
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