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Posted on 1/01/11 09:48 PM
Many movies and workdays since Revenge of the Sith. On the recently viewed list include Harold and Maude, The Exorcist (Director's Cut), Shanghai Noon (three word review... piece of shit), The Longest Yard (original version), Saw, City of God (a nine tomato film, will get to it later), and the DVD recording of the Tim Robbins' play Embedded. And Goodfellas, which prompted me to read Nicholas Pileggi's book Wiseguy, from which the film sprung.
Crash stars a slew of folks; Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Brendan Fraser, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Esposito, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, ... even spots a well done cameo by Tony Danza as a TV show producer. Actually, there aren't really any stars. The film is a series of vignettes, slices of life in modern day Los Angeles, all of them relating to the theme of cultural racism. While watching this, I recalled Magnolia, only its unifying themes were a quiz show host and a frog apocalypse.
There are a couple of stretches in Crash that strained my intellectual suspension of disbelief... y'know, that thought that goes "there's no effing WAY! How the hell does Matt Dillon as an LAPD officer run into the same civilian TWICE, both of them harrowing situations in their own right... the first one confirms him as a racist thug, the second one sets up his change of heart, act of redemption, etcetera..." But see, I was originally planning to see Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room last Saturday, and my date said "Ahh, let's go 'Hollywood'." Sure, why not? The Enron film is probably better suited for DVD viewing anyway, extras and all. So with the mental governor being that "Crash is a Hollywood film", I accepted the fact that in a city of millions, a beat officer could encounter multiple interactions. And a pawn shop customer could unknowingly purchase the bullets that would alter the course of at least one life. And through all the vignette characters there would run one... maybe two, max... degrees of separation. But the acting and smart dialogue overcame any head-scratchers of plot twists.