Review on the Movie Crash

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In Crash, a simple car accident forms an uncompromising foundation for the complex discovery of race and prejudice. Paul Haggis' overwhelming and incredibly thought provoking directorial debut succeeds in bringing to the forefront the behaviours that many people keep under their skin. And by thrusting these attitudes toward us with a highly deliberate, reckless abandon, Haggis puts racism on the highest pedestal for our review. There is no better place for this examination than the culturally diverse melting pot of modern-day Los Angeles. In just over 24 hours, Crash brings together people from all walks of life. Two philosophizing black men steal the expensive SUV belonging to the white, L.A. District Attorney, and his
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This movie can be understood through the cognitive analysis of prejudice and intergroup relations. Stereotyping can be thought of as a relatively stable set of shared generalizations about the supposed characteristics of the members of a group, a simplified picture in the head of what a set of people are claimed to be like. Far from being a neutral description or mildly flattering assessment, a stereotype held by a dominant or majority group about a sub ordinate or minority group is usually negative. In all probability that is likely to tell us more about the current relations between the two groups than about the actual characteristics of the minority.

The title ‘Crash’ can be seen as metaphorical- the collision of different peoples’ lives. Splendidly crafted and visually stunning from start to finish, all of the performances in Crash are first rate; to single out one would be an injustice to the others. Even those with the smallest roles generate a large impact. Crash is not without some minor flaws. While the pure bluntness and confrontational nature these people take with their racist remarks delivers the film's strong message, many times it feels like overkill. It also seems like a bit of a reach that all of these individuals would cross


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