The Movie which I like the most is “Crash”. The movie was 2006 Oscar Nominee for Best Picture; Best Supporting Actor; Best Director and many more. The movie was directed, written and produced by Paul Haggis in 2004-2005 and stars Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Esposito, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Dashon Howard, William Fichtner, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Thandie Newton, Ryan Philippe and Larenz Tate. The movie is themed on racism in Los Angeles and centers on car accidents. The movie depicts both cultural and religion discrimination. It is a great movie which touches many aspects of sociology.
Crash is not just one of the best Hollywood movies about race, but, along with Collateral, one of the finest portrayals of contemporary Los Angeles life period. (Taylor, 2005). "Crash" tells interlocking stories of whites, blacks, Latinos, Koreans, Iranians, cops and criminals, the rich and the poor, the powerful and powerless, all defined in one way or another by racism. (Ebert, 2005)
Crash explores conflicts between the black and white as well as victim and aggressor. Crash is a story of people who come from various shades of life, collide and interact with one another. Each life is affected, changed or victimized by racism. In the movie, a racist cop molests a black couple but later in the movie is seen to jeopardy his life to save a “Black” woman. Similarly, an honest cop defends a “Black” man from discrimination but later is found to discriminate against someone else. Officer Ryan (Matt Dillon) and Officer Tom Hanson (Ryan Philippe) act as cops. One is jaded while other is abusive character. Cameron Thayer (Terrence Howard) and Christine Thayer (Thandie Newton) acted as black couple and are carjacked vehicle victims.
These characters cross each other’s path within 24 hours depicted through different incidents of extremely high tension. The story is such that they do not meet again, similarly opposite and decisive event occurs in the lives of the real carjackers Peter (Larenz Tate) and rapper Anthony (Ludacris) and a determined L.A district attorney, Rick Cabot (Brendan Fraser) and his wife, Jean Cabot (Sandra Bullock) who are their victims. These four are connected via another events to the Hispanic locksmith (Michael Pena) who is badly trying to move out of a crime ridden neighborhood in order to make a better living with his daughter, and to a under pressure Iranian shopkeeper (Shaun Toub) dreadfully in search to lay blame for the destruction of his store. Graham Walters (Don Cheadle) and Ria (Jennifer Esposito) lives and jobs are highly complicated by politics and some personal secrets.
The movie Crash is full of sociological concepts such as race, social class, gender and many other issues. The movie Crash forces us to rethink on whatever we know about the world we live in. We can see theories of Durkheim and Marx and many other concepts throughout the movie. One of the concepts demonstrated in the movie is Thomas Theorem which tells us that if we believe situation to be real, they become real to us. Sometimes our subjective reality comes true as our objective reality. If we believe in certain things about any individual, they begin to act exactly same way. It reflects victimless crime such as using drugs. Jean Cabot (Sandra Bullock) thinks that black people are a threat and she grips her purse while passing by Anthony (Ludacris) and Peter (Larenz) on the street. Her subjective reality comes true when two young black men carjacks them. People nowadays expect Arabs to be a violent terrorist which is not the case in this movie. Farhad (Shaun Toub) is a Persian and not an Arab. Whatever the characters believe about each other happens in reality in the movie.
Cheadle muses, "We're always behind this metal and glass. In any real city, people brush past people, bump into them. ... I think we miss that touch so much that we crash into each other just so we can touch somebody." (Puig, 2005)
“Crash” is not only about the dark side of humanity but also the bright side. The movie has a great mix of funny moments, terrifying and tragedy moment, moments of inspiration as well as depression. It is not only about the worst in people but also the best. Characters at one moment are shown in midst of discriminating each other, while later it is seen that the same people save life forgetting an racial discrimination.
The movie taught me difference between fiction and real, hatred and love, and how things get repeated in one’s life. Whatever you give to others or your society or surroundings will come back to you in some way or other. The movie gave serious insights of the racism going on in United States societies. White discriminating Black and vice-versa. It is the personal disappointment that clings to people (example: career, sexual, economic, etc) until they find a way to vent and they often vent it at others. This leads to discrimination. The movie taught me that all individuals are first human beings and then Black or White in color. It is human nature which makes him love or discriminate things. There are many examples where a white has helped a Black and a black has saved a white’s life. We need to end discrimination and share love and peace. The movie contains hurt, sympathy, coldness and cruelty. It makes people understand that they are so different from each other but share the same city and similar fears and hopes. The movie name “Crash” is not based on clashing into one another but on cultural clashes. In real life with clash into one another but lack to touch someone’s heart. The race, religion, caste, etc discrimination problem are man-made and man has to find solution to it. The movie “Crash” represents the modern condition of racism.