|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Matt Dillon, Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Ryan Phillippe, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Thandie Newton, Ludacris, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Dashon Howard|
|Collections:||Best Picture Oscar Winners, Oscar Winners, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||1 hour 52 minutes|
|Rental release:||05 Dec 2005|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
An A-list cast comes together for this emotional drama set in L.A.
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A must see.............By a customer from Abbey Wood, London , 10 Aug 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]It's hard to describe Crash without it sounding earnest. But while this provocative drama tackles racism, class and looking beyond appearances, it's anything but worthy or dull. Following several lives as they, yes, crash together during one day in LA, it's fuelled by powerhouse performances from an outstanding cast. Sandra Bullock is startling as a bitchy housewife, Don Cheadle brings beaten-down grace to the role of a weary detective and, as a racist cop, Matt Dillon's steely presence holds everything together.
Some critics have criticised Crash for its reliance on coincidence. Which, given it's a deliberately structured modern parable, is a bit like damning War Of The Worlds for having aliens. Writer/director Paul Haggis (who scripted Clint Eastwood's Oscar-winner Million Dollar Baby) sets out to address difficult issues: why middle-class whites are afraid of working-class blacks, why being racist doesn't necessarily mean being inhuman, and how politics confuses the truth ('What are you, the ****ing defender of all things white?' yells William Fichtner's scheming internal affairs officer at Cheadle).
'FEW FILMS ARE AS DARING'
It perhaps isn't as accomplished Magnolia (a great film, which revels in its absurdity) or Short Cuts (another LA story dominated by a twisted cop). But Crash's problems (a self-important score and overwrought finale) pale next to its emotional impact. Few films feature scenes as powerful as the contrasting car clashes between Dillon and Thandie Newton (both moments heart-in-mouth horrifying in different ways ). Few films are as daring. Few films this year are as deserving of your attention.
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One of my most favourite filmsBy Catter (8 reviews) , 05 Nov 2011One of the best movies I have ever watched, parts are very moving and emotional, such a great watch though. Gripped all the way through. Lots of stories make up this film and all are interesting, great how they are all connected too. Definately worth watching and you won't be dissapointed.
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It kept me interested!!By haylesbaylespigstales (177 reviews) from Fleetwood , 19 Oct 2011I love films like this, so much going on & it's great to see how they all intertwine with each other.
Can't believe I haven't seen this before now, but hey better late than never, excellent *****
Moving and cogentBy MikeyMouse (39 reviews) from West Drayton , 24 Sep 2011Not only did this expound on race relations from a 360 degree perspective without seeming too contrived (to me), I found Crash quite moving. I guess one might call this film a melodrama but if so, it also seems pretty brainy too, concerned with morals, regarding of society as a whole. Class & race set the parameters for all of us in a way and this seemed a real subject in case; I can actually imagine Dickens, maybe Orwell coming up with this sort of stuff if they found themselves just outside Hollywood in 2005, or about now. The direction and screenplay is fair and humane, generous with its characters, allowing the cast more many spell-binding dramatic performances.
One to watchBy a customer , 23 Sep 2011Great film. Had my attention from beginning to end. Liked how the characters were connected throughout the film. Definitely one to watch.
Racially stereotypical.By TeenaK (5 reviews) , 11 Sep 2011This is quite a thought provoking movie if a little disjointed at times. Unfortunately, I thought too much emphasis was put on the stereotyping of certain races which became quite repetitive throughout the movie.
It features a stellar cast though and is very well acted. Worth a watch but don't expect too much!