You think you know who you are. You have no idea.
A handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough.
Whilst this might sound overly dramatic I do honestly believe Crash to be one of the worst films of the 21st Century. Sure there have been terrible films starring the likes of Paris Hilton that amount to nothing more than cheap cash-ins on the 'stars' name but Crash is far more cynical. It pretends to be a serious drama with an important MESSAGE yet Sesame Street has tackled the subject of racism with more subtlety and sensitivity than this pious piece of shit.
I have no problems with the theme of the film but its execution is so heavy handed that it treats the audience like (not very intelligent) primary school children. Are we honestly meant to buy any of…
Whenever I walk into a classroom filled with new students I can always immediately pick out the spoiled rich kids who think they have an understanding of the real world, while they really, really don't.
This film is one of those kids. And it's the worst kind, it thinks it's important too.
It's about as important as bleaching your anus or stuffing your face with botox.
Wow what a revelation. Apparently black people can be racist of white people, white people can be racist of black people, black people can be racist of black people, black people can be racist of hispanic people, white people can be racist of middle-eastern people, middle eastern people can be racist of hispanic people, hispanic people are nice, white people can't be racist of white people.
Those same black people can be nice to white people, those white people can be nice to black people, the black people nice to those other black people, the black people can be nice to the hispanic people, the white people can be nice to the hispanic people, the white people can be…
This is the very worst film to ever win Best Picture. Just calling this Best Picture winner leaves a bad taste in my mouth. This is a pretentious waste of money, a waste of time, and a waste of a talented cast.
This is one the worst movies ever made. Not because it's so inherently bad, but because it's pretending to be a real movie. Clearly, the producers sat down and decided that they wanted to basically remake Traffic, but subtract anything daring about the film. They wanted to make a film that had something to say but while doing it they wanted to be certain that nothing it said would be interesting or controversial in any way. This is, without a doubt, the most cowardly film I've ever seen.
When you're copying a daring picture like Traffic, it's worth realizing that part of what made it good is that it said things neither side wanted to hear. There was something for…
Just remember: this holier-than-thou piece of crap beat Brokeback Mountain, Capote and Good Night, and Good Luck for the Best Film Oscar. Screw Hollywood.
Definitely the weakest Best Picture winner I have ever seen. That said, the class of 2005 was pretty weak overall.
There are films out there that I really dislike, but this is one of the very few that actually made me angry. Not for its content but for its handling of its content. My first instinct was to compare the manipulation this film pulls on its audience to a cat toying with a mouse, but cats are clever creatures. There is nothing clever about Crash. It has nothing new to offer. Tensions between social groups have been explored with so much more care and thought. Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing and Michael Haneke's Code Unknown come to mind. If you required to be spoken to like a child, then by all means see Crash, but if you prefer to have a film treat you like an adult see something else.
Crash is a great drama about how having stereotypes toward a certain group of film, can radically change or lives or other peoples' lives. It's really beautiful to watch the string of event depicted in the film, and how it all connects.
I believe this movie shows very nicely how "modern" society works these days.
This 'eye-opening' look into American racism was written and directed by Canadian Paul Haggis. Since I live in LA, I guess I should say the fuckin' maple leaf lovin, hockey playin, callin' ham bacon, Canuck piece of shit Paul Haggis.
The only highlight of this film was when Ludacris gave a racist speech in front of my favorite Indian restaurant Hurry Curry.
I can't believe this film won Best Picture. A mediocre film, with mediocre characters, and blatantly obvious and forced connections. The only characters I really connected with were the locksmith and his daughter (due to the storytelling scene) but even their story fell flat. I can't help but view this film as the "not-as-good-Magnolia".
Everything Crash has to say about racism can be summarized with this smug joke it tells: an Asian woman runs into a hospital, yelling: "Choi Jin Gui!" A white nurse approaches her, asking: "Do you speak English?" She replies: "I am speaking English, you stupid cow! My husband's name is Choi Jin Gui!"
(By the way, yelling a name is not 'speaking English.')
It's not just about how everyone is always openly and blatantly racist, though. It's also about how irony is really deep. But a broad caricature of a racist man saving the life of a black woman he molested, while the music and slow motion suggests that this is really something to think about, doesn't make me go 'whoah.' It makes me go 'blugh.'
I give it a star for the bit with the invisible bullet proof cloak, which, for a minute, elevates it from frustratingly bad to hilariously bad.
This is a good example of a forced message. Paul Haggis (the writer and director) tackles racism and bigotry in a bold, albeit pushy way. However, it is a movie, and I believe the critique this movie has taken comes from many who have forgotten that. The story is well done, and Sandra Bullock had what was perhaps her greatest moment in acting. The cast was damn good, and they deliver.