Crash: Don’t give in to Fear and Hate

Crash is one of those films that everyone should see at least once in their life. Paul Haggis’ oscar-winning picture about racial prejudice in modern America is like a wrecking ball smashing the concrete walls of ignorance. And it’s exactly what you should be watching in times like these.

Crash (2004): Directed by Paul Haggis; running-time 1h 52mins.; starring Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton, Ryan Phillippe, Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard, Michael Pena, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris.

What the film demonstrates is that human relationships and connections are chaotic and complex which is why we must constantly strife to be more empathetic and kind to one another.

What’s it about? Race relations in Los Angeles and by extension the entire western world.

What’s it really about? The decline and fall of our humanity.

 Pick if:

  • You’ve ever been quick to judge someone based on the colour of their skin, their religion, sexual orientation, or gender.
  • Basically, we should all watch it.

Most memorable quote:

“Look around! You couldn’t find a whiter, safer or better lit part of this city. But this white woman sees two black guys, who look like UCLA students, strolling down the sidewalk and her reaction is blind fear. I mean, look at us! Are we dressed like gang-bangers? Huh? No. Do we look threatening? No. Fact, if anybody should be scared around here, it’s us: We’re the only two black faces surrounded by a sea of over-caffeinated white people, patrolled by the triggerhappy LAPD. So you tell me, why aren’t we scared?”- Anthony

Most memorable scene: When Thandie Newton’s character gets trapped in her car after an accident, the police officer who rushes to free her from the wreck before it explosed is the same cop who sexually assaulted her previously which causes the woman to start screaming and crying.

Magic Music Moment: “Maybe Tomorrow” by the Stereophonics starts to play over the closing scenes of the movie. And raises the question: why not today?


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