Several stories interweave during two days in Los Angeles involving a collection of inter-related characters, a police detective with a drugged out mother and a thieving younger brother, two car thieves who are constantly theorizing on society and race, the white district attorney and his irritated and pampered wife, a racist white veteran cop (caring for a sick father at home) who disgusts his more idealistic younger partner, a successful Hollywood director and his wife who must deal with the racist cop, a Persian-immigrant father who buys a gun to protect his shop, a Hispanic locksmith and his young daughter who is afraid of bullets, and more. —IMDb
Paul Haggis is the award-winning filmmaker who, in 2006, became the first screenwriter to write two Best Film Oscar winners back-to-back – Million Dollar Baby (2004) directed by Clint Eastwood, and Crash (2004/I) which he himself directed. For Crash (2004/I), he won Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. The film also received an additional four nominations including one for Haggis’ direction. Crash (2004/I) reaped numerous awards during its year of release from associations such as the IFP Spirit Awards, the Screen Actors Guild, and BAFTA.
In 2006, Haggis’ screenplays included the duo Clint Eastwood productions Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), the latter earning him his third screenplay Oscar nomination. He also helped pen Casino Royale (2006), which garnered considerable acclaim for reinvigorating the James Bond spy franchise.
In 2007, Haggis wrote, directed and produced In the Valley of Elah (2007) for Warner Independent… read more
While a Magnolia-esque exploration of race relations in the present-day United States could have produced a fascinating result, Crash suffers from such melodramatic screenwriting and directing that it ends up seeming like a parody of itself. Some wonderful performances come through despite that, but overall it is not worth a watch.
Paul Haggis a été tout un temps le scénariste de Clint Eastwood, signant notamment de sa patte le fameux Million Dollar Baby. Il avait même repris en main la saga des James Bond. Et puis, il s’est… read review
I’m aware that Crash has been lambasted a great deal over the years, especially when it shockingly beat Brokeback Mountain at the Oscars and gained a lot of hisses. At that time, I was a great admirer… read review
Ce film chorale n’est pas tant novateur dans sa forme que dans son propos. Alors que la société et la production cinématographique américaine semble avoir nié tout propos non politiquement correct… read review