Description of Film:
This gripping thriller takes place in Los Angeles
and centers on two days in the lives of a diverse
group of people. Brought together in a variety
of ways and by a variety of circumstances, these
people must cope with difficult life situations.
Interactions between the characters are tense
as they are forced to confront racism and classism.
This movie deals with prejudices that are both
readily apparent and those that are hiding beneath
the surface. It brings stereotypes of African-American
males, Caucasian males and women into the light
and shows what many people are still thinking,
but may not be saying.
Crash has an all-star cast that includes Sandra
Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer
Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser,
Terrence Howard, Chris “Ludacris”
Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Larenz
Tate and Michael Peña.
Crash won several Academy Awards: Best Picture
of the Year, Best Film Editing, and Best Screenplay
(Written Directly for the Screen). The screenplay
was written by Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco.
The film also was nominated for Academy Awards
for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Director,
and Best Music.
This movie is rated R for language, sexual
content and some violence.
Why I Recommend This Film:
This movie makes a very powerful statement.
I walked away from this moving really thinking
about how the world is and why it is that way.
The “crash” of people meeting and
the reasoning behind some of their underlying
feelings makes me wonder. Why do people still
have such ill feelings toward others based on
race and sex? Why do they hold such feelings
inside until they feel threatened? All of the
stereotypes evident in this movie were written
in for a reason. The film portrays stereotypes
that need to be broken and discusses why they
haven’t been broken. As Crash makes clear,
these stereotypes have not been broken because
many people still feel very strongly about segregation
Why This Film is Important:
This movie is important because its message
really stays with you. Crash makes you think
about what people do when they see someone who
is not like them in public and private places.
It makes people look at themselves and realize
that maybe they have some prejudices that they
didn’t even know that they had. This is
a film that everyone should see and discuss
because it deals with important issues such
as racism, prejudice, and sexism.
Favorite Quotation: “Moving
at the speed of life, we are bound to collide
with each other.” - - To me, this quotation
means that we are so consumed with ourselves
and own lives that we typically brush past people
and experience no connection with them. However,
eventually we will run into someone and they
will have an impact on us because people are
not able to avoid one another forever.