The cinema is not offering much in terms of social healing these days. Gratuitous violence continues to hold sway at the box office. But there is one film near you now that makes an eloquent effort at healing amongst a divided population.
However, what makes this compelling urban drama so unforgettable is the superbly written, accessible script which examines the motives, behaviors and reactions of the characters...from many perspectives.
Crash is constructed, to some extent, like Pulp Fiction, but eschews decadence and has at its center a real sense of heart while making the moviegoer question his or her own prejudices, whatever they might be.
Theres a great ensemble cast: Sandra Bullock (first time Ive seen her in a weighty role), Matt Dillon (a stand-out in the film), Brendan Fraser, Jennifer Esposito, Ryan Phillippe, Thandie Newton and, in one of the larger roles, Academy Award nominee, Don Cheadle, who is also one of the producers.
Paul Haggis, who also produces and wrote the screenplay, makes his feature film directorial debut with Crash. Other items on Haggis resume include writing the script for Clint Eastwoods very successful Million Dollar Baby (reviewed by Chew on this site) as well as Eastwoods next film, Flags Of Our Fathers, a true story of the six men who raised Old Glory on Iwo Jima. Steven Spielberg is producing the WWII story.
Crash is not just a motion picture, its a piece of cinema. Youll know that to be so as you see the first few frames. The visual is as riveting as the story itself. And its good to hear Mark Ishams sensitive music on the soundtrack.
As you walk out of the theater, you may notice that Crash is a film that makes you feel at one with everyone else whos just seen it with you. Good Art in action!
I suggest you see it when the cinema is full.
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