Although sharing the same name with the 1996 movie, starring James
Spader and directed by David Cronenberg, this tale is as far as can
be from that "other" controversial film.
Set in Los Angeles, Crash is a thought provoking tale that
revolves around a group of people whose lives are forever
intertwined. It follows a variety of different characters that
include a Brentwood housewife called Jean (Sandra Bullock) and her
DA husband Rick Cabot (Brendan Fraser) who are carjacked by two
criminals (Chris Bridges and Larenz Tate).
Add in the stoic "detective" Graham Waters and his partner (Jennifer
Esopsito) who are searching for their brother, police officer Tommy
Hansen (Ryan Phillipe) and his racist partner John Ryan (Matt
Dillon), Cameron and Christine Thayer (Terence Howard and Thandie
Newton), a television director and his wife who are assaulted and
abused by Ryan during a traffic violation.
And finally, we have Daniel Ruiz (Michael Pena), a compassionate
father who is confronted by Farhad (Shaun Toub) and his daughter
Dorri (Bahar Soomekh), two Persian immigrants who have an
altercation with Ruiz.
you can see, Crash is quite a complicated title, however
writer/director Paul Haggis (In the Valley of Elah) successfully
pulls it off as each character is introduced in almost a stage play
fashion, however without the glitz and glamour.
Haggis manages in the short time that we have to go into great
details of what makes these people tick and how racial tolerance in
the US is becoming to crack in this almost social commentary of
real-life. Quite underrated at the cinemas, Crash is a brilliant
modern masterpiece that will leave you with mixed emotions, however
the journey is definitely worth the price.
Blu-ray, the video quality is quite impressive with vibrant colours,
dark black levels and sharp images. The cinematography of Los
Angeles also goes hand in hand with the movie and also the Blu-ray
soundtrack which needs to be heard through a surround sound system
to truly enjoy.
In conclusion, Crash is a must see movie for those film lovers who
want a thinking man's drama and Crash is no exception to the
rule. A brilliant tale that is intertwined, however it could not
have succeeded without the stars behind this movie who really get
out of their comfort zone.