Academy Awards 2005 -
Best Original Screenplay: Paul Haggis & Robert Moresco
New York Times - 05/06/2005
"Mr. Haggis's evident sincerity and intelligence are reflected in the conviction of the cast..."
Rolling Stone - 05/19/2005
"The acting is dynamite, notably by Dillon and Newton....The film is a knockout."
Entertainment Weekly - 05/13/2005
"The stunning, must-see drama CRASH is proof that words have not lost the ability to shock in our anesthetized society."
USA Today - 05/06/2005
"The dialogue and scenarios are sometimes inspired....[With] intricate construction and intelligent, if melancholy, exploration of race and class warfare."
Uncut - 09/01/2005
"As the interweaving plotlines throw unsympathetic characters together...the script makes many brave, original points about cultural clichés."
Uncut - 01/01/2006 Ranked #15 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "Haggis tackles this thorny subject matter with courage, wit and insight, unafraid to ask the tough questions."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/30/2005
Included in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten Films Of The Year -- "Paul Haggis has found an inspired metaphor with which to explore a modern-day L.A. snarl of race, class, and culture."
Rolling Stone - 12/01/2005 Ranked #11 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "[T]he rage sticks, as do the emotions underlying it."
Ultimate DVD - 09/01/2006 5 stars out of 5 -- "A superb interlinking ensemble drama..."
A stellar cast collides haphazardly in this insightfully written roundelay of racism, rage, and redemption which takes place over the course of one day in LA and involves a circus of cops, robbers, and civilians. A detective (Don Cheadle) with a heroin addict mother and criminal brother investigates the shooting of a black cop by a white one. Two hoodlums (Larenz Tate and Ludacris) jack the car of the District Attorney (Brendon Fraser) and his angry, racist wife (Sandra Bullock). Terrence Howard and Thandie Newton play an upper-class African American couple harassed by a racist cop (Matt Dillon). And the chaos continues, with other roles played by Tony Danza, Michael Pena, and Jennifer Esposito. A propulsive Mark Isham score keeps the disparate narrative threads electrified from the get-go; when they finally connect, the results are explosive and beautiful. Everything is tied together with tight editing and artistic shots of car headlights cutting through dense morning smog. Writer-director Paul Haggis' (writer of MILLION DOLLAR BABY) Los Angeles is a world of alienated people struggling to connect across vast barriers of language, class, and culture; that they manage to do so is testament to their depth as characters more than some trite message of brotherly love. There are no easy answers, but this film is tough, intelligent, and gutsy enough to find some anyway; and for that it's a winner.
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