By Debbie Elicksen.
Crash is like the 2004 version of Spike Lee‘s Do the Right Thing. It’s a powerful portrayal of how interrelated our lives are, regardless of race.
There is a white lawyer (Brendan Fraser) whose wife (Sandra Bullock) views the world with stereotypical eyes. Two police partners are polar opposites and resent each other because of their differences in opinions. A wife (Thandie Newton) doesn’t think her film director husband (Terrence Howard) acts black enough. Each of their lives begin to intertwine when the racist cop (Matt Dillon) pulls over the film director then molests his wife on a trumped up traffic stop. Later he ends up saving her in a near-fatal accident.
It’s a superstar cast of who’s who that also stars Don Cheadle, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Ryan Phillipe, Jennifer Esposito, and Tony Danza. It was written and directed by Paul Haggis, while Robert Moresco (as Bobby Moresco) co-wrote the screenplay.
This movie pits you to the edge of your seat. It deals with race relations, assumptions, over-reactions, and redemption. It’s five out of five stars.
Crash also won Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Screenplay. It was nominated for Best Director, Best Original Song, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Matt Dillon).