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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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[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.
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.
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.
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.
Haggis moves seamlessly between all these stories and has structured them in such a way that his characters reach a crisis point simultaneously, followed by melancholy clarity.
Haggis shows a lot of promise as a director: his film is never dull. But he needs to unlearn some of the bad lessons he picked up working in TV, which demands that everything be neat, symmetrical and underlined.
Issues are raised and confronted head-on and prejudices are revealed simultaneously as the movie deftly assembles its intricately plotted narrative jigsaw.
Outside of the excellent cast doing their best in impossible situations, there's virtually nothing enjoyable or aesthetically admirable here.
Crash is difficult to watch because of the moral chaos it portrays, but it is best film I have seen in a long time.
It's like great jazz -- infinite freedom within a limited sphere, an artful organization of exhilarating invention.
For every scene loaded for narrative impact -- a car-jacking or a narrowly escaped death -- Haggis crafts workaday moments that function just as effectively.
If there's anything worse than a film with no point, it's one that's all point and nothing but.
A top quality film that follows the lives of varied people over 24 hours and how they "Crash" into each other. Quite original idea as well.
Pretty good movie which makes you think about racism. I especially felt sorry for the lock repair guy, it must get very wearying having people constantly assume the worst of you based on your nationality or skin colour. The old shop keeper guy annoyed the hell out of me, and Sandra Bullocks character. Many characters and stories in this, so it can be hard to keep straight which is which.
The deserving winner of the Oscar for Best Picture in 2006 is this spectacular morality study on racism, intolerance and xenophobia, and it probes into those loathsome sores of society in such a powerful and unsettling way, to show us that there are no easy solutions for them.
After re-watching this, I have to conclude that it did not deserve the Oscar for that year. Nevertheless, it is definitely worth watching.
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