While in line, trying to decide what to see, a guy came up with passes to the sneak preview of CRASH. Thinking it would save us $15 my girlfriend and I took the passes and went on in. I had only seen previews and hadnt really been interested, but a free movie is a free movie. Once the movie started, it was clear this movie had a dark tone. As discussed in the Summer Movie Thread, it deals with Racism. However, not just black/white racism. There is somebody from just about every background, getting offended or offending people in this movie.
Some of it is a bit heavy handed, but the parts where the subtleness of the charectors racists views or stereotypes are shown, this is a truely moving picture.
Several times, being a white man, I felt VERY uncomfortable with the content. I assume the black people in the audience felt much the same way when some of Ludacris' lines were flowing out of his mouth. BTW, Ludacris is absolutely fantastic in this movie. FAR better than I had ever thought he could be. (Even if his charector is basicly a rehashing of Lawrence Fishburn's roll in BOYZ IN DA HOOD). The movie has several plots tying into one central theme, and while some of it is quite a stretch to relate one person to the next, it still is very powerful in the presentation of the subject matter, without making one group look better or worse than any other. I would highly recommend this movie. Its what DO THE RIGHT THING could have been, if Spike would have thought to make some of the black people come across like assholes instead of heros.
In the end, there is only one central charector who never displays any racism, and he is the one who is put in a situation that causes a OH SHIT! moment in the film, and induced some tears along the way.
Originally posted by David Denby of the Village Voice...But everyone steps up, including Matt Dillon, Sandra Bullock, and the angel-faced Ryan Phillippe, who pulls off a moment of near-calamity with character and force.
Originally posted by Stephen Hunter of the Washington PostBut this is the rare American film really about something, and almost all the performances are riveting. It asks tough questions, and lets its audience struggle with the answers.
Originally posted by Peter Travers of Rolling StoneOne officer (Matt Dillon) SPOILERS REMOVED FOR SIMPLICITY, while the other cop (a standout Ryan Phillippe) watches helplessly.
Most of the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes (76%) are positive, and almost all that I read praised the acting on the whole. Several individually praised Phillippe.
Sandra Bullock is incredible. She should give up comedy and 'action' movies and stick to heavy drama. Her outburst in this movie had me shocked at how well she was portaying rage, fear and sadness all at the same time.
The only performance I didnt like was Brandon Fraser. How he keeps getting jobs is beyond me.
Let's not forget Don Cheadle, who continues his streak of being amazing in absolutely every role he takes.
I didn't think Fraser had much of a part, actually; he was the only character the audience didn't get a chance to know all that well. Or, perhaps that was the point, that he was just so unctious that there wasn't much to him.
Really good film....ol' Paul Haggis is doing London proud!
So there I am, in Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, at about 3 o'clock in the morning, looking for one thousand brown M&Ms to fill a brandy glass, or Ozzy wouldn't go on stage that night. So, Jeff Beck pops his head 'round the door, and mentions there's a little sweets shop on the edge of town. So - we go. And - it's closed. So there's me, and Keith Moon, and David Crosby, breaking into that little sweets shop, eh. Well, instead of a guard dog, they've got this bloody great big Bengal tiger. I managed to take out the tiger with a can of mace, but the shopkeeper and his son... that's a different story altogether. I had to beat them to death with their own shoes. Nasty business, really, but sure enough I got the M&Ms, and Ozzy went on stage and did a great show.--- Del Preston
Saw this today... best movie of the year so far, IMO. The only weak spot was Brendan Fraser, but when his lack of talent isn't completely tanking the movie's quality I'm satisfied. Cheadle, Ludacris, and Michael Pena were my favorite performances... but overall, the acting in this movie is very strong. Great job of intertwining the plots as well.
Talia is a very good, original choice. I've always thought that Poison Ivy could be done in a realistic way if you just repurpose her character from 'super-powered plant goddess' to 'overzealous eco-terrorist.