Full Movie Reviews
Yojimbo - wrote on 05/01/2012
This well intentioned story of intertwining lives in the cultural melting pot that is Los Angeles is an ambitious attempt to explore the grey area outside of political correctness. Nearly all of the characters display racism to various extents but it's done so in a way as to create three dimensional characters without demonization. It's sensitively directed and well played by all concerned with Terrence Howard in particular bringing depth to his black studio exec who suffers humiliation at the hands of the LAPD. Paul Haggis cut his teeth on TV comedy drama and it is very apparent here; the unlikely series of coincidences that unites the characters seems overly contrived and there is one too many of the kind of pop music montages that are the hallmark of lightweight American TV drama. It …
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/23/2011
A myriad of figures that some interlace. Persian Farhad (Shaun Toub) and his daughter Dorri (Bahar Soomekh gets some heat when purchasing a gun. Los Angeles detectives Graham Waters (Don Cheadle), his partner Ria (Jennifer Esposito) gets involved with a car crash. Anthony (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) and Peter (Larenz Tate) steals the car of Rick Cabot (Brendan Fraser), the local district attorney, and his wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock). LAPD Officer John Ryan (Matt Dillon) sexually harasses the Cameron Thayer’s (Terrence Howard) wife Christine (Thandie Newton). Ryan’s partner, Tom Hanson (Ryan Phillippe), makes an enormous mistake because of mistaken judgment.
Had themes of racism (Officer Ryan/Jean), faith (Farhad), being too polite (Cameron), wrong assumption (Hanson), self …
Allison - wrote on 12/27/2007
It seems that Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco took a notebook and wrote down every racial insult known to man and then said let's make a movie. "A good tree does not produce bad fruit" the saying goes, but they have a very bad person doing a very good thing and a very good person all of a sudden doing a very bad thing.
There are several characters that are interconnected and not very well either. When a mother was crying over her son in the hospital, I wasn't sure which one was her son (and Don Cheadle's brother) because they never really explained that beforehand. We just had to guess.
This movie made me cry, in a certain scene which I'm sure got to a lot of people (see MOVIES THAT MAKE ME CRY list).
I did see Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco speak about this movie, which is why I …
Delorted - wrote on 10/28/2007
Los Angeles, California has always been known as one of the most controversial cities in America. The lives of the people living there are constantly colliding with the world around them, both racially and emotionally. Such is the theme of the Best Picture winning film, “Crash.”
I personally do not live in L.A., but I find it hard to believe this film can be taken seriously. The entire film is about racial differences, but not in the sense that we need to overcome racism, which seems from the beginning to be the final message, but rather in the sense that everybody is racist and we just have to deal with it. The countless plots surrounding the characters have no purposes, nor do they have logical or interesting conclusions. The film also seems to begin and end on two completely …
JayFilmCrave - wrote on 09/01/2007
When I first watched this film, I really thought this was a masterpiece, but I recently rewatched it and I'm not so convinced anymore. The movie is very interesting and even enjoyable, but it lacks actual characters. None of the characters are actually filled out enough to where I feel for the person as an individual. I feel for this person because of his oppression, of his frustration, of her weakness, of his love, of her innocence, but I do not feel for any one person. The movie does well to really tap into emotions, I give credit for that. I definitely think it taps in well, but nothing makes this movie truly memorable. Nothing grabs me and makes me want to watch it over and over again. It's a great film, but it's more like a one-time one-hit wonder. It's not something that …