Crash (2005) review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/23/11
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 image (Cabot) and an irresponsible son (Detective Waters). The apprehensions this reviewer had were the pace, lack of character development despite the number of characters and all too impossible coincidence of the characters bumping to each other. Some of the stories were just uninteresting. The emotional performances of Thandie Newton and Sandra Bullock should have been recognized. Crash may have received many awards and recognition; sometimes these may not be enough to satisfy some viewers because of its execution despite a sensitive screenplay. Do the Right Thing is a really good movie with the same premise which balances humor, drama and pushes the right buttons without having too many correlated scenes.