Grade: B (86%)
Racism, violence and twist after twist is what makes Crash work. Crash (Winner of 3 Academy Awards including Best Picture) follows many stories and how they all "crash" into each other. The movie begins with Don Cheadle, playing a police detective, walking towards a crime scene and then for most of the film it is in flashback mode. You see blacks, whites, spanish, chinese, basically every race and how they treat others for the rest of the film. Whether it's an Arab finding his store being destroyed or a white police officer sexually harassing a black woman, Crash is full of racism that is somewhat unpleasing to many viewers.
Crash does many things well: one of which is the cast. This cast is mainly composed of below average actors (Brendan Fraser, Sandra Bullock, Ludacris, Matt Dillon to name a few) along with some well known actors (Don Cheadle is one). What Crash does so well is actually makes their actors feel realistic. The actors work perfectly for some reason and I have no reason why. Brendan Fraser is the District Attorney while Bullock is his wife. But every character is needed to show one thing: THEY ARE ALL RACIST.
Racism is commonly used in this film. It shows how others look at one another but it also shows how different races come together. Crash nails the story aspect of the film. The movie follows different races and how each character interacts (or crashes into) another character from the film. To be honest there is no lead actor in this film. They are all supporting each other. Crash also has a few suspenseful moments, mainly involving the police. Whenever a twist comes at you, another one is right behind it giving more shock to the audience. Crash keeps you guessing which makes it a great thriller.
Now this film won Best Picture in 2005. In my opinion, it isn't Oscar worthy but after looking at the lineup of films that year, I can see why it won. It's a solid thriller that keeps you on your toes for the 2 hour runtime. If I had to give one comment is that perhaps there is too much racism. While I laughed whenever a racist joke was heard, in the end you have to ask the question, "Was it really needed?" I was leaning more on the "No" side but it's all a matter of opinion. Still, Crash is great thriller and should be seen by more mature audiences.