Crash 2004

Crash

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A raw and unsettling morality piece on modern angst and urban disconnect, Crash examines the dangers of bigotry and xenophobia in the lives of interconnected Angelenos.

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88%

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Writer-director Paul Haggis interweaves several connected stories about race, class, family and gender in Los Angeles in the aftermath of 9/11. Characters include a district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his casually prejudiced wife (Sandra Bullock), dating police detectives Graham (Don Cheadle) and Ria (Jennifer Esposito), a victimized Middle Eastern store owner and a wealthy African-American couple (Terrence Dashon Howard, Thandie Newton) humiliated by a racist traffic cop (Matt Dillon).

Cast

Sandra Bullock
as Jean Cabot
Don Cheadle
as Det. Graham Waters
Matt Dillon
as Sgt. Ryan
William Fichtner
as Jake Flanagan
Brendan Fraser
as Dist. Atty. Richard `Rick' Cabot
Larenz Tate
as Peter Waters
Ryan Phillippe
as Off. Tom Hansen
Thandie Newton
as Christine
Michael Peña
as Daniel Ruiz
Nona Gaye
as Karen
Shaun Toub
as Farhad
Beverly Todd
as Graham's Mother
Keith David
as Lt. Dixon
Sean Cory
as Motorcycle Cop
Billy Gallo
as Officer Hill
Karina Arroyave
as Elizabeth
James Haggis
as Lara's Friend
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Critic Reviews for Crash

All Critics (240) | Top Critics (53) | Fresh (178) | Rotten (62)

  • Instead of heartwarming messages about forgiveness, it honours ambiguity and brings us close, closer than is comfortable, in fact, to what Americans today are really thinking about one another.

    February 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • [Crash] is familiar enough that it slips easily into our film-watching faculty without any fuss, yet [Haggis'] handling of it -- his muscular belief in what he is doing -- makes us hope that his next screenplay will be a bit less safe.

    February 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Crash is a very watchable and well-constructed piece of work, and a potential script masterclass: but its daringly supercharged fantasies of racial paranoia and humanist redemption are not to be taken too seriously.

    February 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The script is clever, the racial theme is worthy of Newsnight, and the editing just sublime.

    February 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Set in a simmering cauldron of racial tensions where subtle nuance can cut as deep as unambiguous hostility, it's a powerful drama about the often bewildering contradictions that underlie human behaviour.

    February 23, 2015 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Ultimately, Crash succeeds in spite of itself. Its color war starts to feel obvious and schematic. Its coincidences and cliches become like a pileup on the 405 freeway, but there it is -- you find yourself rubbernecking and can't manage to look away.

    January 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Crash

  • Mar 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.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2014
    Fantastic! I think this won the Best Picture Oscar awhile back, and it totally deserved it. This film is just so indescribably entertaining, with great characters and storyline. Definitely check this out.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 22, 2013
    Solidly entertaining racial soap opera melodrama.
    Kevin C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2012
    Crash--or more appropriately, "2 Degrees of Separation: The World's Angriest Racists"--is a load of Oscar bait fluff. While racism is an important issue to address, so is verisimilitude in a screenplay, and Crash disservices worthy movie material. Overall, Crash proves to be a poorly constructed story with too many characters whose lives are intertwined by a series of implausibly tragic miscues, each ultimately reshaping the respective bigoted worldviews. And while Crash isn't all bad--there are some decent performances to be salvaged--it is predominantly an over-blown, pretentious piece of crap.
    Jeff L Super Reviewer

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