Monday, November 21, 2005

Crash (2005)

Watched this amazing movie ‘Crash’, a few weeks ago and was meaning to write about it, but well, not much spare time these days, they are a tic-tocking. As ShoeFiend has lamented so eloquently in one of her recent article about the paucity of time in our lives these days.

But I digress. Excellent movie which tells stories about a black detective (Don Cheadle) and his Hispanic partner/lover, an Iranian family, caught in a post 9/11 public vitriol, two young black carjackers with painted views on everything , a Caucasian District Attorney (Brendon Frasier) and his wife (Sandra Bullock), a racist, bigoted cop (Matt Dillon) and his rookie partner (Ryan Phillippe), a Latino carpenter and his family, an upwardly mobile black couple and a Chinese couple.

This movie attempts to look at the prejudices that each one of us is besotted with, without exception. Most of the time we stereotype people, and prejudge them depending on their race, color, sex, mannerisms and external appearances. The best part about this movie is that there are no characters that have been depicted as outright good or evil. Each character, like in reality, have their own shades of insecurities and prejudices. They react differently in different situations.

A fast paced narration, criss-crossing story lines, crisp editing make this an extremely watch able fare. The story around the Latino carpenter, his attempts to provide a better life for his family and the tragedy they get embroiled in is really neat. Also Sundra Bullock does an excellent job of portraying a neurotic victim of a carjacking. Pretty unusual for Miss Congeniality.

Check ‘Crash’ it out, you will not be disappointed. Guaranteed.


Blogger Anshul said...

Will definitely check-out during Thanks Giving break.

3:26 PM  
Blogger One More Reason said...

I agree. A very good movie. The thing I liked the most is the fact that each of the characters had a story/past to them. That past in a way has influenced their present.

9:19 PM  
Blogger Sunil said...

I just saw Crash last week too, and was thinking of blogging about it, but you've done an excellent job here.

I think what the movie did best was to highlight stereotypes that ALL of us retain. Even if we've been abused etc.....our own stereotypes of other ethnic groups remain.....

excellent movie for sure.

1:25 PM  

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