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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrible

    I never saw any movie that was so overrated. I think the movie's intentions were noble and need to be discussed, but Crash perpetuates racial, class, and religious stereotypes. The worse part of this film is that the dialogue so stall and pallid that is nauseating. Coincidences are everywhere, but relationships are nowhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Had the potential to be so much more

    I watched this movie on my wife's request and felt very offended after viewing it. I grew up with a racist relative and committed my life to not being like that and I hated everyone in this film with the exception of the Latino man and his family. In fact, I actually felt a great deal of empathy for him because all he was trying to do was provide for his family and no one stood up for him. I don't believe anyone can be pigeonholed as easily as Mr. Haggis has done here and I certainly do not feel this was worthy of the Best Picture Award. I agree with a lot of the reviewers here and feel that we've all been hoodwinked into wasting time by watching this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "Unoriginal TV Drama Masquerades as Feature Film"

    I saw CRASH the week it opened. There were, I thought, some powerful moments. Certainly there were some good performances (Ms. Newton, Mr. Howard, Mr. Dillon). However, later, after thinking about the film (not possible to do whilst watching it -- each scene is an incessant and pontificating barrage proclaiming the same conflict ad nauseum), I realized how it didn't measure up to be what it was pretending to be. And what was it pretending to be? Why, a film that deals honestly with racism. How does it fail in accomplishing this? Point blank: Stating said conflict without pause is not the same thing as "investigating" the conflict. We are expected to believe that the characters in this film are "real" and "human." Yet what we have are not characters, but stereotypes. Nothing new, really films (books, plays, etc.) have often used stereotypes to tell their stories. What's interesting, however, is when the writer(s) dares to "dismantle" said stereotypes to show the human beings within. This film made no attempt. (NOTE: Having good people do bad things and vice versa is neither illuminating nor deep -- it's sloppy). The film begins as harsh and shocking. It "pretends" to take on tough issues. But, sure enough, by Act Three, the writer(s) commence tying up the storylines with neat little bows. Of course, just in case we're not aware that we're witnessing epiphanies (all too pat and cloying two couples who fight in every scene of the film they're together suddenly make the obligatory phone calls to say, "I love you" -- Please! Go yank someone else's chain!), there's a saccharine song playing called "In the Deep" in the background ("In the Trite" would have been a more apt title). And the dialogue. These are "believable" characters? They find themselves in traumatic situations and yet all deliver perfectly polished speeches. In fact, it's not so much the "characters" delivering the speeches as it is the writer(s) being too lazy and too literal. Want to see a film in which the characters speak as people do in such situations? It's called "Magnolia." Nothing polished or pedantic there -- just human beings trying to communicate. Some manage others don't. Like life as it truly is, no? And as for "dealing" with the racism? It's interesting to hear what Asian-Americans are saying about this film. And African-Americans. And Middle Easterners. And the people of Los Angeles themselves. If one watches the film again, and really thinks about this, he or she will see quite easily why a lot of people are disgusted with this film. It doesn't disclose racism it reinforces it. As well, it deals with "racism" in the broadest of strokes, harkening to turgid ideals thirty years old. No mention of the more insidious nature of racism here. Forbid it! Every character has to proclaim his or her stance with all the subtlety of a placard and a bullhorn. How wonderful it would be if there were a film that takes place in a single day, in a specific milieu, has a multi-ethnic cast of characters, and deals with "racism." Oh, wait. It is wonderful, for there is such a film: it's called "Do the Right Thing." It was written and directed by Mr. Spike Lee, released in 1989. The wonderful thing about Mr. Lee's film? It actually allows the characters to be human. It doesn't smack you in the face relentlessly. It doesn't reach Act Three and suddenly backtrack and spew a sickening montage that will allow you to feel more comfortable when you leave the theater. It is a hopeful film, but even more important, it is a realistic one. It's unfortunate, however, that this year's winner for best picture (pathetic) shamelessly steals from Mr. Lee's far better, superior, and honest film (which received nominations for Supporting Actor and Screenplay, though neither won). I wanted to like "

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What a wast of good acting.

    A waste of good acting. The storyline is like a cheesy soap-opera -- L. A. has millions of Angelinos, yet this group of characters keeps running into one another. This movie tries too hard to get a simple message across: Humans may all be biggots "in-hiding", but in the end, we're all we've got and we depend on each other to get through life. But it's just a "preachy", poor quality film. It was like one of those over-the-top melodramatic LIFETIME movies, but with lots of cursing and a nude scene. Definitely not Oscar worthy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It really isn't that good...

    "Crash" could have been an excellent and powerful film unfortunately, it ends up stepping on its own feet. Basically, everything that you've heard about it being a glimpse into a racially tense post-9/11 Los Angelos is true, albeit a bit ridiculous as the film spirals towards its conclusion. Paul Haggis, in his introduction to the film on the DVD, claims that "Crash" is a passion piece, and he is correct. "Crash" is all passion, and no logic. There are so many ironies in the movie (a few realistic, but most bordering on the melodramatic) that even Sophocles, the Greek playwright who gave us Oedipus and Antigone, could not have done it better (or in this case, worse). "Crash" assumes that all people are neither totally good nor totally bad, but are actually somewhere in the middle. The film tries to push this theme throughout its entirety, but ends up preaching by the finale. Also, for a film so passionate about racism and stereotypes, there is only one or two instances in which an ethnic minority actually solves a situation other than that, it is the white caucasians who end up saving the day. In the end, Crash was a good idea that stumbled over a poor plot and mediocre directing. I would recommend seeing the film to understand what the fuss is about, but please don't get caught up in it.

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