“Crash” is More Than Just a Coincidence
We have all witnessed and or experienced racism in some fashion in our day to day lives. Crash, the motion picture directed Paul Haggis illustrates just how racism is portrayed without racial or class barriers, and how we all experience it in some form. The lives of different people become intertwined in a thirty six hour scenario in Los Angeles. The all star cast, including Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Ludacris, Terrance Howard , and many others really bring this film alive with their emotional acting seeming so realistic. The film really makes you question how one reacts in their daily life, and how we may affect others more than one may assume. It beautifully depicts scenarios of racism that happen to a diverse group of people.
At the beginning of the film, Don Cheadle who portrays a detective with a crack head mother, gets into a car accident with his colleague. Cheadle mutters a phrase after the crash that will echo both metaphorically and realistically in the entire film, “We crash into each other so we can fell something.” He was on his way to a murder scene which turns out to be his brother. Before we determine that the crime seen was that of his brother, the scene flashes to a scene earlier that day when two black men (Ludacris and Larenz Tate) encounter a couple on their way home. As they approach the couple, the two men tiff that the women became scared and held on to her husband as they approached them. After a small joke, the two turn around and rob the couple for their Escalade. The couple, turned out to be the District Attorney of Los Angeles and his wife, played by Brendan Fraser and Sandra Bullock. Back at their house, in an effort to mitigate the racial issue, they try to spin the story in preparation of the press. Fraser, is worried that he will loose the black vote in an upcoming election, if it seems he is against them. This moment bring the realness of the content to the forefront of...
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