Review of the Movie Crash

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Crash tells the story of people from dissimilar lives as they intersect with one another. Each character in the movie is in some way personally affected, transformed, damaged, or mistreated by racism. They’re also all in some way guilty of racism themselves. A racist cop pulls over a black couple and molests the wife, only later to risk his life to save the women; an honest cop protects a black man from discrimination only to later discriminate against someone himself. The movie in the end is both intense and thought provoking. Throughout the movie we are only shown the characters in brief snippets. However, each part tells volumes about the characters involved and we quickly become invested in them. The conversation is powerful as characters discuss heavy topics like race, poverty, and society. Two young black men discuss racism around them while out for the night and then carjack a well-dressed white couple. A Hispanic man struggles to find safety for his young family, a Persian immigrant turned US citizen buys a gun to protect his frequently robbed store, and a white DA plays the race card to win elections. The characters connect through coincidence crashing into each other’s lives. The characters in the movie say exactly what is on their mind, missing is the filter we all put in front of ourselves to hide what others might find offending. The script is direct and full of life that it turns the movie turns what you might expect upside down. Crash is the type of film you wish you could force everyone could see it. It leaves you with the painfully naïve conviction that if enough people saw it, then maybe the world might be a better place to live in. Crash paints a picture not of black and whites, but foggy grays and rips apart the racial barriers thrown between us. I feel that the narrative to this movie has little to no flaws. The twists come so fast from each character, you are still in awe when you are exposed to the next situation, and the next until...
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