The lives of several diverse Los Angeles citizens crash into one another, through unforeseen avenues. Their own perspectives, prejudices, and personal agendas conflict with the new realities that each must face.
This film is about people. America is filled with people of all classes and backgrounds. Los Angeles, in particular, is filled with demographics that radically differ in respect to race, social standing, and economic status. Some of these factions of people are forced to interact on a day to day basis, but some never intermingle. It is when these very different people with very different perceptions of each other are forced to encounter, that we see a collision. Crash is about that collision. The collision of minds, incomes, races, genders, and preference cause some of the inequalities we face in our society. This film is a masterpiece that poses the question, “how would we react when put in a defining moment, with people we are typically uncomfortable with?”
Incredible. Even though it would be hard to find a “leading” role, each actor respectfully commanded their role with incredible results. The film is filled with a cast of big name stars that most movie goers would look for. The film is filled with previous 20-something stars that never reached their potential or never really had any (Bullock, Danza, Fraser), but this film allowed those like Dillon and Phillipe to channel the acting prowess that they never knew they had. Matt Dillon who plays the racist Officer Ryan gave the performance of his life, for which he is being considered for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Actor Don Cheadle pumps out yet another solid supporting role in which he plays a black detective with a druggie mother. The screenplay allows a very diverse cast to share the spotlight. This film is an excellent example of how large the talent pool in Hollywood really is.
Behind the Scenes
The film, because it features the lives of several protagonists, is very fast paced and engrossing. The cinematography is above par to most films, and the soundtrack complements each pivotal moment that the film provides. I liked the way in which each character’s “dark side” seems to appear during the cold LA night, while their defining moment or epiphany typically comes set in a sunny California backdrop.
The Final Cut
This film is so powerful that I could barely breathe during some scenes because I did not want to miss what was happening. The acting and writing were superb. This is truly Hollywood at its best. If Paul Haggis can continue with this trend of Oscar contenders of late, he will need a bigger office to show off his hardware. He is now truly considered the top screenplay writer in the business. For heaven’s sake the man created Walker Texas Ranger, can you really be any more accomplished than that?
These are supposed to be short and sweet, so I will have to say… Everything!
The writing is nearly perfect however, a very small group of people may not be able to keep up with the multiple story lines.
On the Side:
Before Ryan Phillippe signed on, Oscar nominee Heath Ledger was in talks for the role of Officer Hansen. The role of the TV director (taken by Oscar nominee Terrence Howard) was originally offered to Forest Whitaker who turned it down to finish First Daughter … big mistake.
Making the Grade:
The Story: A+
The Acting: A+
Behind the Scenes: A
Brian Gibson is a Staff Writer for Film School Rejects.