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5.0 out of 5 stars
Emotional Jouney, 12 Jan 2006
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”).
The stand out performance for me is that of Matt Dillon who plays controversial Police Sergeant Jack Ryan, without wishing to give away the story you will start off appalled by his behaviour, but as the film goes on he performs an unlikely heroic act, there is one particular piece of camera work of him pondering his life which sets in stone the main aim of this film, to make the audience think.
I guarantee after watching this film, you will leave pondering over the lives of the characters and possibly even your own life and judgements. I did.
Add to an already superb film a mind blowing, melancholy soundtrack by Mark Isham and for me you have the perfect nights entertainment.
So why not invite some friends over and divulge into what is bound to be one of the best selling DVDs of 2006, a journey you won’t forget.
Quote of the film: “You think you know who you are? You have no idea.”