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[REVIEW] Crash

Crash was a bit of a frustrating film for me. Certainly there’s plenty of sociological insights, though since I’ve never been to Los Angeles I can’t tell if it’s true or not that whites don’t like Hispanics who don’t like Asians who don’t like blacks who don’t like Iranians (who aren’t Arabs). The script of Crash just seemed so contrived, from the opening line about car crashes as a substitute for human relations to the convenient choice of the blanks. There’s still more than enough watchable material in the film for me to have enjoyed the viewing experience, even for me to think fondly of it in retrospect. But would I have given it Best Picture? Hardly. Brokeback Mountain gave the attention to the fine detail of lived reality that Crash didn’t.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 27, 2006 at 9:08 am

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