Crash

CrashI had viewed one of the most emotionally charged movies I’ve ever saw. Paul Haggis’s Crash begins as a movie exposing the racist sentiments that we all harbor. It is honest and raw in its language, and theme. And it’s also not a politically correct movie about how “we should all get along”. It’s something in between. Well, how should I comment about this movie? This late afternoon, I had told my brother that he has to watch this movie, and is one of the best I had ever seen. Then he asked me “Remember Higher Learning? What was John Singleton saying in that movie?” I saw my brother’s point in asking to contrast what Crash was about. “And Do The Right Thing, what was that about?” My brother continued to ask. I loved Do The Right Thing, and my view on Higher Learning was of mediocrity and idealistic in its point. But one film I’d compare Crash to is Lawrence Kasdan’s Grand Canyon, which was, for me personally, one of those films that perfectly interweaved character life situations into a finished painting onto a canvas that was bigger than the individual life situations themselves. What the fuck am I talking about here? Well, we’ve all heard the various racial epithets hurled by others, as well as from the mouths of our own selves, in situations that involve anger, humour, and other agendas – words like “nigger”, “chink”, “spic”, “flip”, etc. In my younger, pro-Asian days, I would of self-righteously, and idealistically, would find these words offensive. But, I’ve come to learn the human nature of race. In an episode of OZ, it was asked the question, if we deny our racial differences, does it not draw silent attention to the differences themselves? Not to make excuses for racism itself, but we all have our own racial beliefs, and we all have our own stories based on these beliefs. I wasn’t sure if Crash was a movie with a “message”, but it effectively told a story of the consequences, as well as epiphanies, in situations involving these beliefs. I believe, Crash is a movie about human evolution. “Live your life at the point of impact.”

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