Crash (I) (2004)
9/10
Forces you to question - and even change - your perceptions.
13 August 2005
It's perhaps wrong to class Crash solely as a study of racism. Sure, there are massive racial overtones to the film, but there's so much more to it than that. It's a film which tries to get behind the motives of people, why they do what they do, and what the consequences can often be.

What is most spectacular about crash is not it's stunning cast. Every single member of the massive ensemble impresses. The trustworthy likes of Matt Dillon and Don Cheadle do their best as always. New faces such as rapper Ludicrous deliver wonderful performance. Even Sandra Bullock and Brendan Fraser are superb.

What makes 'Crash' the film it is it's unflinching reality, it's constant ability to shock you, the way it forces you to question - and even change - your perceptions. It refuses to bow to fantasy. Even moments which seem fantastic at first turn out to be either beautifully scripted coincidences. No character in 'Crash' is exactly as they appear at first. They are multi-layered individuals, with their very own morals and motives. These morals and motives unfortunately lead to discrimination and bigotry in a number of cases. But never in the way you expect.

Uncompromising and highly intelligent, Crash is a motion picture which has something to say, but never what you expect. One of the films of the year.
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