Directed by Paul Haggis
I will try to get past my disgust that this won Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain long enough to write this review. I mean, Chicago and then this?? Okay, I'm done.
Crash tells several interconnecting stories, some of which are more effective than others. Among the more interesting characters are a wealthy African American couple who are humiliated by a racist police officer and a Middle Eastern store owner who fears for his family's safety.
A lot of films dealing with racism oversimplify matters to the point of absurdity, which I talked about a little in my Do The Right Thing review. While there are definitely moments of oversimplification (particularly with Farhad) overall I think the filmmakers did a good job of depicting the more subtle moments of racism that occur in a day to day lives. For example, when Jean, the white wife of the district attorney, walks in a different direction when she sees two black men.
Obviously, police racism and brutality are still very relevant issues. Still, the film is somewhat bogged down by a few unnecessary characters that were seemingly there to fill out the race bingo card. A good forty five minutes of this film could have been cut out, which would have cleaned things up considerably.
Lowest grossing Best Picture winner since The Last Emperor.
Paul Haggis himself has said that this film did not deserve to win Best Picture over Brokeback Mountain.