Crash

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Released 2005

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Director:
Paul Haggis
Released:
2005
Rating:
R
Crash is the 2005 dramatic film that chronicles the racial tensions prevalent in contemporary Los Angeles. Over a period of two days, the film follows a number of characters of various races in Los Angeles as they struggle to accept their own prejudices. Graham Waters (Don Cheadle) and his partner Ria (Jennifer Esposito) get into a car accident with Kim Lee, who exchanges racial slurs with Ria. Meanwhile Farhad (Shaun Toub) and his daughter Dorri (Bahar Soomekh) are refused a gun when they attempt to buy one from a racist shop owner. Rick Cabot (Brendan Fraser), the local DA, and his wife Jean (Sandra Bullock) are carjacked by Anthony (Ludacris) and Peter (Larenz Tate). That evening LAPD officers John Ryan (Matt Dillon) and Tom Hansen (Ryan Philippe) pull over the suspected stolen car and Hansen sexually molests one of its passengers. The lives of each of the characters intertwine and racial tensions are brought to a head. Crash was nominated for six Academy Awards and won three of them including Best Picture.moreless

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  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The tense drama eventually becomes off-putting when it becomes clear almost every scene hinges on an unpleasant or ugly racial interaction.

  • 50

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    So what kind of a movie is Crash? A frustrating movie: full of heart and devoid of life; crudely manipulative when it tries hardest to be subtle; and profoundly complacent in spite...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Any glimpse of emotional honesty comes courtesy of the actors, who manage to do a credible job despite the material.

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Drama

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Social Issues, Crime, Independent