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April 15, 2016
Crash is an okay film. It is about the Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives that collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. Don Cheadle and Sandra Bullock give decent performances. The screenplay is a little slow in places. Paul Haggis did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the drama.
½ March 28, 2016
Crash is a valiant effort that's obviously trying to say something important, but that message is buried so deep under piles and piles of melodrama, to the point that it's a sickeningly trite excuse for a drama film. Paul Haggis is constantly beating you over the head with "cops are all racist" and "minorities are the victims" and "the upper class doesn't care about the lower class" beats; of course, some of these points are often valid in everyday life, but Haggis crams these down our throats with no subtlety whatsoever. The only real highlight of Crash's narrative is the way it intertwines the different plot lines into one cohesive narrative, and even that feels too compact for a story set in the sprawling city of Los Angeles. The ensemble cast is completely wasted, and nobody gives a truly worthwhile performance, which is odd considering the amount of talent involved. The technical aspects are fine, but even those are vanilla at best (the beauty of Mark Isham's musical score is lost through its recurring and overly dramatic usage.) There's potential hiding within Crash, but Paul Haggis opts to deliver this story in the most melodramatic way possible, and that's disappointing.
Super Reviewer
½ March 26, 2016
While it's heart is in the right place, and it has some truly fantastic scenes, it suffers from over sentimentality and a lack of subtly that it so desperately needs. The characters are more like caricatures of specific archetypes that it feels almost comical at points, though at others it feels genuine and powerful.
March 10, 2016
It might be a love it, or hate it movie, I am a little in between as some of the multi characters and stories are interesting and others are not.
March 9, 2016
You could almost see Jack Nicholson's disapproval when he presented this disappointment with Best Picture.
½ February 25, 2016
Crash is a clever representation of reality and an well-acted movie that puts all of its actors on top and with the help of its original and pertinent theme it becomes one of the well-constructed movies of 2004, it is just very frustrating that to make some unpredictable scenes it had to resort to forced coincidences, however in the most part of the time, the movie just needed that the story have unfolded to make the revelations appear.
½ February 25, 2016
Crash is a clever representation of reality and an well-acted movie that puts all of its actors on top and with the help of its original and pertinent theme it becomes one of the well-constructed movies of 2004, it is just very frustrating that to make some unpredictable scenes it had to resort to forced coincidences, however in the most part of the time, the movie just needed that the story have unfolded to make the revelations appear.
February 19, 2016
Very well driven drama that has a touchy subject, that leaves the viewer with something to think about and waiting for more. Overall,a great film about everyday life.
February 13, 2016
I am simply stunned after viewing this film. It is so powerful and moving and it never feels cliche or unrealistic. The characters in this film just feel so real. The dialogue is so conversational and it is just brilliant. Seriously, you see people like this in everyday life. The way the director makes all of these characters relevant and interwoven is just masterful. Its so easy to get lost in just one character's story, but not here. Here, almost everyone has their time to shine. I know this film is considered "one of the most overrated best picture winners of all time" and to be fair the competition may have been better that year but as a stand alone film, I was truly amazed by this tale of race and tolerance.
February 6, 2016
Paul Haggis takes an essential topic and ultimately transforms it into something that you'd hear at a discourse in an elementary school auditorium.
February 6, 2016
Issues of race and gender cause a group of strangers in Los Angeles to physically and emotionally collide in this drama from director and screenwriter Paul Haggis. Graham (Don Cheadle) is a police detective whose brother is a street criminal, and it hurts him to know his mother cares more about his ne'er-do-well brother than him.
January 13, 2016
A powerful film about how race impacts our everyday lives and how small decisions can be perceived as much bigger than they are.
January 11, 2016
Flat out should not have won Best Picture. Ever. This is in no way, shape, or form on the same plane as Brokeback Mountain. This movie is mediocre. This movie I hated.
½ January 5, 2016
Vastly overrated and a poor man's Robert Altman
December 23, 2015
-IGNORE THIS "OUT OF FIVE" RATING
4/4
Emotionally shattering dramatization of multiple stories in L.A. who's lives affect others. A bad cop looks to help a woman he embarrassed, a hot-tempered businessman looking for revenge but finds his existence a mistake, and a father showing his daughter that life is wonderful. One of those rare films that makes you hurt long after its over. Cast is wonderful, but Don Cheadle and Matt Dillon standout
December 13, 2015
Not a bad film, but questionably worthy of its best picture Oscar.
December 13, 2015
Crash is a powerful piece about prejudice and ignorance that hits hard. The acting is good, the way the characters' stories intertwine and unravel is well done and it acts as an important reminder that prejudice still exists.
December 11, 2015
A flawed and manipulative movie that is nevertheless exciting, challenging, surprising, uncomfortable and addictive. Worth seeing again, given the layers of storylines and characters.
November 20, 2015
An emotionally resonant whirlpool of events and characters, it all adds up to be one of the most important pieces on racial interaction in America ever.
November 19, 2015
Rarely have I seen a movie try to tackle such contentious issues so seriously, and yet so flippantly at the same time. Crash delves into the issues of racial interaction and prejudice over a very brief period of time in Los Angeles, the City of Angels. And, apparently, of conveniences and contrivances. There are several moments in the film when its subject matter is laid bare and leaves you questioning just how deep-seated racism is, and that we could potentially be, by our very natures, discriminatory towards those different to ourselves. The film would succeed if this were true of the rest of the movie. Unfortunately the audience is subjected to broad characterisation, blatant stereotypes and situations that beat them mercilessly over the head with a club bearing the inscription 'RACISM IS WRONG!' For all its good intentions, Crash is depressingly shallow and artificial. I really hate to flog a dead horse, but I have to side with the many, many people who claimed that the film robbed the far more deserving Brokeback Mountain, a movie far richer, more complex and emotionally earnest, of the Best Picture Oscar. Having seen both films, I can safely say they're not even in the same league. Crash has flashes of intelligence, power, insight and raw emotion, but they simply aren't enough to illuminate an otherwise unstable and unsatisfactory film.
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