top-rated free essay

Conflict, Racism, and Corruption an in-Depth Analysis Into the Movie "Crash"

By Ir0n Apr 23, 2007 969 Words
In 2006 the movie "Crash" won the Academy Award for Best picture and received outstanding reviews from critics across the country. Director Paul Haggis was stunned that his picture won such acclaimed awards. Haggis surely thought Ang lee's "Brokeback Mountain" would have taken the award for best picture. This shows that the American people and the academy thought Haggis's movie had pointed out real issues that are relevant in today's society. An analysis of the movie "Crash" reveals three main reasons why other countries would accept this movie as depicting American life and culture correctly; the realism of race conflict, the movie isn't biased to one race, and shows the true nature of the government when it comes to race issues.

In the movie "Crash" there are racial conflicts throughout the entire movie. In the beginning of the movie it shows two cops (Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe,) pulling over an African American couple, (Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton). The moment Mat Dillon's character sees that they are black he tells them to step out of the vehicle even though they have done nothing wrong. This happened because earlier he got in a quarrel with his insurance company about his dad and the person who helped him was black. He felt mistreated and then took out his anger on the couple he pulled over. He knowingly sexually assaulted Thandie Newton's character and he blackmailed them. This is one of the many race conflicts in the Movie. Another good example of racial conflicts is with Sandra Bullocks character and Michael Penas. When Michael Penas character comes to Sandra Bullocks house to fix their lock Sandra Bullocks character looks at him and sees all of his tattoos and how he wears baggy clothes She gets the impression that he is a gang banger and that he is going to sell their key to his "homies" so they can rob them. But he is really just a family man that is trying to get away from all these conflicts and have his daughter be able to grow up in a safe environment. These two racial conflicts are perfect examples of how this kind of racism can happen on an everyday basis. These aren't outstanding conflicts but ones we can think can happen. Neither one of these examples is biased to one race. The movie "Crash" does a good job at not being biased to one race. In the movie they cover all race conflicts ranging from African American and Caucasian conflicts to Hispanic and Persian conflicts. In the movie though, it did seem like the Caucasian characters were more racist than the other races. Throughout the movie you can't connect all the conflicts to one race. All of these conflicts apply to every race and everyone has to face the same problems. The only race that could be considered unbiased towards to in the movie would be Caucasians. It seemed that there were a lot of stereotypes of different races, but the Caucasians didn't have that big of conflicts and never seemed to be on the receiving end of the arguments. This could partly be because of the role Caucasians play in everyday life in today's society. They are usually the ones in powerful positions such as the government and judicial system which are crucial. "Crash" portrays this best with Brandon Fraser's character that is a states Attorney for Los Angeles. At the start of the film it shows Brandon Fraser's and Sandra Bullocks character getting carjacked by two African Americans (Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Larenz Tate). After the carjacking they go back home and Brandon Fraser's character has a meeting with his advising staff. He is really angry because when this is put on the news he might lose some of the African American consensus. He asks his staff if there is any way they can spin it around so he can still hold on to their vote. There was no way to spin it so they decide to have him honor an African American and get a picture of it. That's when in the next scene it shows Don Chede's character reacting to a radio call to go investigate a shooting at a local store and when he gets there it turned out to be shooting between two off duty cops. Coincidentally, the cop who was shot was African American. Later on it shows Don Chede's character investigating the case and when they look in his car they find a false spare tire filled with money and found he had a history of being a crooked cop. But when he tries to further investigate and show that it might not be the Caucasians fault he is blackmailed into withholding the evidence from the case. For withholding the evidence they were going to drop all of his brother's charges. He agreed to the terms and let the African American who got shot be honored by the States Attorney. With this, the States Attorney had the leverage he needed to get back some of the votes he might of lost. This was all at the expense of cop's innocence though. The movie "Crash" is a movie that makes the viewer think. It makes the viewer look at the movie and find out for themselves how much this movie can relate to America today and how racism isn't just a small problem but in reality a much bigger one that can even result at the expense of other people's lives. If the world learned to see no race and accept people for whom they are, there would be less conflict and issues that the movie "Crash" shows wouldn't be pertinent in this omniscient world.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Depth Analysis of the Movie "Crash"

    ...Abstract This paper will provide a broad analysis of the movie "Crash", and yet a specific picture of visual narrative techniques and audio techniques. The categories contributing to the nucleus and major movie components are theatrical elements, cinematography, editing, and sound. The Academy Award winning movie Crash is a story about society...

    Read More
  • Examples Of Racism In The Movie Crash

    ...The film, ’Crash’, is about how Paul Haggis forces us to see other people's perspective through racially prejudiced actions. Racism is the belief of different cultures, this is usually to do with one person who thinks their own race is superior and have the right to dominate or to rule others. Historical racism is where there were no rules w...

    Read More
  • Racism in Movie Crash

    ...pull over an African American TV director Cameron and his wife Christine, for no cause. Officer Ryan sexually molested attractive Christine in front of her helpless husband. Officer Ryan has an explanation like "searching” for hidden weapons inside a woman's cloth"! That night a series of racially biased incidents takes place in differe...

    Read More
  • The Movie Crash Analysis

    ...Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once stated, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” King was referencing the injustice of racism not only in the United States but all around the world. His theory that being a racist to one group is hypocritical, and that being judgmental to some is being judgmental of all. Many minorities face th...

    Read More
  • Crash Movie Analysis

    ...Crash was a film that debuted in 2004. The movie told the story of various individuals and families of different ethnic backgrounds. The film showed a lot of different scenarios through the eyes of the people living in Los Angeles, California. This shows that everyone no matter race or other group identity face discrimination in their own right....

    Read More
  • The Movie 'Crash' Sequence Analysis

    ...Crash: Editing and Comprehension Paul Haggis’s Crash was released in 2004; it dissects the theme of racism and how individuals of different ethnicities can all intertwine in a society. Characters of various race are introduced at a rapid pace to viewers quite early in the film. It is not until later that the connections and social tensions ...

    Read More
  • Movie Analysis: Crash

    ...Crash a film by Paul Haggis “moving at the speed of life, we are bound to collide with each other” As you watch the film, think about & answer the following questions. 1. What was your overall reaction to this movie? What emotions did you find yourself feeling during this film? Why? It amazes me how people can be so racist. I was...

    Read More
  • Crash-Movie Analysis Paper

    ...Prof. Davy September 8, 2013 The movie Crash released in 2004 directed and written by Paul Haggis is a chain of multiculturalism and racial stereotypes is told through a few interweaving vignettes. The stereotypes examined in this film are results of the negative images that the media constantly hassle the public on the daily. In the movi...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.