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Crash (R)

Release Date: May 6th, by Lions Gate Films.
The Cast: Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, Thandie Newton, Jennifer Esposito, Ryan
Philippe, Brendan Fraser, Sandra Bullock

BASIC PREMISE: After a car crash, the lives of a group of strangers in Los Angeles collide along with racism, prejudice, and violence.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The amazingly talented cast is superb. From Don Cheadle, who is always a great actor, to Jennifer Esposito and Thandie Newton who play their characters very well. The script is very well written with a lot of attention to detail. The cinematography and music are exceptionally good by making the film feel almost like a work of art. The plot structure is very reminiscent of Magnolia's, with its chaos of vignettes gradually blending together in the city of LA. Ok, so there are no frogs falling from the sky here, but there are still nice touches of humor throughout the film. Unfortunately, Crash's plot structure is weaker in the end of the film when everyone's lives blend together. It is not clear how Sandra Bullock's character fits into the picture. The racial themes do collide, but the characters themselves unfortunately do not.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: This film is very difficult at times as it realistically explores the racial tensions that plague our society from day to day. Some of the racism is hard to accept, such as that of the cops. It is very interesting to start the movie with a crash and watch how most of the characters and themes come together. However, ultimately the end results in more confusion than clarity.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Why is Sandra Bullock's character in the movie? How does her life collide with the other's lives?


THE BOTTOM LINE: A very well-acted ensemble film with a thought-provoking plot structure, very beautiful cinematography, but a weak ending that does not tie everyone together in a coherent way.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (2nd Run)

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