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Oscars Challenge #88: Crash (2004) Movie Review

Throughout the Academy's history, various Best Picture winners have tackled multiple topics. All Quiet On The Western Front, Platoon, and The Deer Hunter discuss the war and the experiences of soldiers. It Happened One Night, and The Apartment divulge romance with humor and drama.

Crash may belong to the same category as Gentleman's Agreement or Green Book. However, its dark storyline and confusing characters make it more complicated to watch than looking at the topic it portrays, racism.

Assembling a star-studded cast like Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Brendan Fraser, Ludacris, and many more. It makes you think the film was a well-budgeted spectacle that delivers excellent storytelling and an entertaining experience.

Plot Overview

Crash follows stories from different characters and their experiences with racism and how it changes them.

Two black men, Peter and Anthony, carjack District Attorney Rick Cabot, and his wife, Jean. They escape via an SUV and pass by Detective Waters and Ria, who is investigating a homicide case. At home, Cabot discusses with his wife that the incident might foil his plans for re-election because he will lose votes from the black community. Meanwhile, his wife suspects that the locksmith, Daniel Ruiz, a man with a Hispanic background, is a gangster.

On the other side of town, a police officer named John Ryan looks for Cabot's stolen vehicle stopped a similar SUV driven by two black couples, TV Director Cameron Thayer and his wife, Christine. Even though it is evident that the couple had no relation to the carjacking incident, the officer suspects them of doing something else. He molests Cameron's wife by performing a body search on her and leaves them.

The plot continues as the characters experience in their lives acts of racism and prejudice and how some of them change.


Like How Green Was My Valley, Crash is identified as a winner that killed the more deserving winner. Brokeback Mountain may have been a controversial film that centers around the LGBT community, which might have irked some critics, but it certainly is a much better film than this.

I know this film tackled heavy topics like racial prejudice, and although it showed it quite well, the characters were unlikeable. The character development seems like it was sped up, and by the end of the film, you feel badly incomplete. Everything seems like it's pointless.

If there were a candidate for Worst Best Picture at the Oscars, this might have grabbed that award, and nobody would even care.

An absolute disaster of a movie.

0 out of 5 stars.

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