Review: Crash (2005)
I wasn’t going to review this. In my opinion, it’s a bad movie. But bad movies, like all movies, must be reviewed, and it’s fun to review movies like these because there’s such divided opinion. Some people think it’s brilliant, others think it’s mediocre, and there’s people like me who think it’s downright awful, and deserves to die a most painful death. But, let’s settle why I think it’s overrated, and try to come to terms with it.
Now, Crash is directed by Paul Haggis, the writer of Million Dollar Baby. It’s about a group of people… something about a car crash, and getting doors locked… you know, I don’t really know. I fell asleep, sorry.
Nah, just kidding. It’s about a group of people bound by fate forced to accept that racism is bad. Now, for starters, who did not already know that racism was bad? Raise your hands… uh, huh, I thought so… nobody didn’t already know. Now, how many of you people are proud racists? Anyone? No? Doesn’t surprise me. So… how many of you thought the film was necessary? Zip.
There’s no logic to it. The acting is bad (well, not bad… sub-par might be a better word) and the only reason it won the stupid Best Picture Oscar is because people were afriad to vote for a movie about gay cowboys… now that is racism. Well, homophobia, but same diff.
I know this review isn’t the best written, and I might be sounding like an arrogant prick to some, but I’ll give a well written review to a well-made movie. If I come across a scummy piece of crap like Crash, I don’t feel the need to go into in-depth writing. It doesn’t deserve it.
Crash is a film that desperately tries to steal our emotions with scenes of burning car wrecks and little girls getting shot. And then when suddenly, the gun doesn’t fire, we’re supposed to believe it was some magic blanket that saved them (although it is revealed later that the bullets were blanks). This is stooping so low into the audience’s mind. Haggis is swooning for cheap tricks and clichés and it makes me so mad. Some scenes have a point, but most of the time Haggis is just recycling the same boring old theme about… racism is bad, mmkay? Let’s all live happily and blah blah blah.
A film like this, to me, is going to have little to no effect on racism. If a person chooses to be a racist, they’re a racist. We might not like them, but 105 minutes of crying and overacting isn’t going to change that. Haggis’ film has no reason to exist, and the effect it tries to have is drowned out by downright bad filmmaking.
If you’re going to make an effective film about the troubles that racism causes, then do it subtly. Not blatantly. Hint at it, but don’t shout it in the audience’s faces. They don’t like being shouted at. Making a film that hints at your emotions and affects you without you even knowing you’ve been affected until a while later is good filmmaking. It’s like advertising… we know we’re getting products thrown in our faces, so we ignore them. But if something is subtly hinted at, and not thrown at us, we listen and take heed what it’s trying to say. That’s how Crash should’ve been made, but sadly, it wasn’t.
Is It Worth Adding To Your Netflix Queue?
But enough of my opinion, time to bring it over to you, the reader, whose opinion is a million times more interesting and important than mine will ever be. So we’ll put it to a vote. What do you think of Crash?