Directed by: Paul Haggis
Writing credits: Paul Haggis
Movie Genre: Crime/Drama
The film depicts several characters living in Los Angeles and brings them together through car accidents, shootings, and carjackings. Most of the characters depicted in the film are racially prejudiced in some way and become involved in conflicts which force them to examine their own prejudices. Through these characters' interactions, the film attempts to depict and examine racial tension in America.
Opposing viewpoints on Crash
The majority of criticisms of the film have come from those who found its characters highly stereotypical and two-dimensional, its dialogue melodramatic and unconvincing, and its plot clichéd and unbelievable. Los Angeles film critic Scott Foundas described the film as "the worst movie of the year", while a few have called it one of "the worst Oscar winners of all time".
These views have been shared by a few film critics, with the notable exception of critic Roger Ebert, who has vehemently opposed such claims. Many critics, especially those representing minority publications, have claimed that the film is, ironically, highly ignorant and bigoted in its portrayal of its racially diverse set of characters.
As well, the film has been criticized by conservative commentators who feel the movie is not an accurate reflection of race relations in contemporary Los Angeles, particularly with regards to the film's portrayal of police and racial tension.
The film has likewise been criticized by liberal commentators who feel that institutionalized forms of white supremacy and white racism are far more destructive than individual prejudices, and feel that the movie is "self-indulgent" for white Americans who "want to feel victimized too".
In addition, the film has been criticized by members of the Asian community, regarding its reinforcement of Asian stereotypes, and its apparent lack of character development of Asian characters.
Nevertheless, some individuals already consider Crash to be an American film classic. On an episode of her talk show, Oprah Winfrey stated that the film should be in everyone's personal movie library.
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