Crash (15)



Drama (2005)
112mins US

Starring: Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Thandie Newton, Sandra Bullock
Director: Paul Haggis
Writer(s): Paul Haggis, Bobby Moresco
Listings: London | Rest of UK and Ireland

On the streets of Los Angeles, the lives of a cross-section of the multi-ethnic populace, intersect without warning. Officers Ryan and Hansen pull over an African-American couple, film director Cameron and his wife Christine. Meanwhile, District Attorney Rick Cabot and his wife Jean are the unsuspecting victims of car-jackers Peter and Anthony. Within 36 hours, one of the men will be dead by the roadside.

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A hand-picked, multi-racial ensemble cast gives viewers an ethnic view of Los Angeles, if not a bit oversimplified.

On the streets of Los Angeles, the lives of a cross-section of the multi-ethnic populace, intersect without warning. Officers Ryan and Hansen pull over an African-American couple, film director Cameron and his wife Christine. Meanwhile, District Attorney Rick Cabot and his wife Jean are the unsuspecting victims of car-jackers Peter and Anthony. Within 36 hours, one of the men will be dead by the roadside (PA).

It seems obvious: America's racial issues aren't merely black/white. Yet, for director Paul Haggis and his self-written script, this is the clutch of the auto-bound city of Los Angeles. There, where highways fill with ethnicities small and wide (everyone clinging to their road-transportation of choice), people aren't forced to interact like those of normal, foot-accessible cities. Therefore, he presupposes, people aren't confronted with different cultures; neighbourhoods stick together, and the resulting racial tensions (epitomised by the Rodney King riots and gang activity) heighten exponentially.

A rather star-studded cast carries the fate-winding film, including Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillipe and even rap star Ludacris, but the characterisations upon which the script rests are easily identifiable and often terribly oversimplified (black = carjacker; Hispanic = gang member; white = rich politician; etc).

Still, this is a film that presses boundaries, including racial profiling within the television and film industry, immigration laws and LA's often-criticised police force, and is well-worth a general view into urban America.

Megan M. Retka


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