Review: Crash



Thought Provoking And Fascinating

Crash (R)

Director: Paul Haggis

Cast: Don Cheadle, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Sandra Bullock, Michael Pena, Ludacris, Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Matt Dillon, Bahar Soohmekh

Rating: ****

Yes, we’re talking about the winner of the 2005 Academy Award for the Best Picture. A film which stood out of all odds when gay film Brokeback Mountain was the most awaited winner. Paul Haggis has written, produced and directed this film which depicts LA in the shades of racism. Yes, racism has been a controversial subject in this age but kudos to Paul Haggis who has weaved a terrific story or should I say stories and made an impact.

As mentioned earlier, Haggis has weaved terrific stories which follow the lives of different people. . This film has got an ensemble cast. The first ones are Protagonist Don Cheadle and Jennifer Esposito. The pair portrays a detective couple and they investigate a crime scene which everyone else dubs it as ‘hate crime’. Cheadle finds out that this was really not hate crime but he has to agree to everything as his brother’s records in jail are in stake. Esposito as his supporting detective is offered a little space on the screen. Sadly, the actress is desperately looking for leading roles. The next two are Brendan Fraser and Sandra Bullock. Fraser plays the DA of LA. So, he’s got the power to do anything. Bullock appearing as his wife does wonders in her short-lived role. Next is Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges and Larenz Tate who play the nigger duo who carjack every expensive vehicle. They are fine actors. Then it’s the critical Matt Dillon and Ryan Phillipe. The cop duo portrays the most serious roles in the film. I was happy to see Matt Dillon in a fascinating role. Terrence Howard and Thandie Newton play a posh couple who are harassed by cop Dillon. The film mainly portrays their inter-racial marriage which may have been the cause for their molestation. Newton once again pulls off an amazing performance. Michael Pena plays an emotionally driven role of a locksmith who’s racially described a gangbanger. Shaun Tohb and Bahar Soomekh play a Persian father and daughter who get caught in between racist talks on people calling them Iraqis and Arabs. Probably one of the best outlived roles I must say.

Hence, Crash is full of racism and multi-ethnicity. The film is supported by ravaging editing by Hughes Winborne, subtle and soothing music by Mark Isham and a credulous direction by Paul Haggis. It is perhaps the most provocative and thrilling movie in recent times. Nail biting experiences are many in this film. It rightly deserves the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Racism can be taught through Crash. Another subject that Crash can teach the future is anti-racism. The film is a double-edged sword designed by Paul Haggis.


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