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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
Hearing impaired subtitles 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 Limited availability
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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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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A film about racism, prejudice and the common negative assumptions we all make every day.

Crash is a film about people, rich, poor, good, bad, black, white and every other shade of human being that inhabits Los Angeles. This racially and economically diverse group of people pursue lives that collide with one another in unexpected ways. They say that anyone on earth can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries and crash shows just how simple that can be.

Primarily Crash is a film about racism, prejudice and the common negative assumptions we all make every day. Each of the main characters is faced with an event that will change their perception not only of their own lives but also the assumptions they make about the people who share the city of angels.

There's a police detective whose mother can't quite kick her drug habit and whose brother already has three strikes and a warrant out for his arrest. Two car thieves who are constantly theorizing on society and race, a district attorney and his irritated and pampered wife. He doesn't want it made public that they've been car jacked by a black person because it might lose him the black vote. Then there's a racist veteran cop powerless to help his sick father, a successful Hollywood director and his wife who come to realise that success doesn't bring immunity from racism, a disillusioned father who buys a gun to protect his shop and a locksmith and his young daughter who is afraid of bullets until he gives her his special protective cloak.

Although the blatant racism and bigotry may make us feel uncomfortable it is nonetheless a very realistic portrait and though few of us admit it we have all at some time or another made the same assumptions, if only in the company of those we feel comfortable with.

Crash has a message for everyone, if you get it, you're sure to be a better person.
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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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