Review written on: September 13th, 2005

Crash Review

I sat down to watch this movie knowing that everyone recommended it. Generally, I get nervous watching movies like that because I always seem to get let down. For example, I delayed seeing the cult classic Office Space for years, because everyone I knew said it was the funniest movie they’d ever seen. And when I finally did watch it, I was disappointed. It was funny, true – but it wasn’t as funny as they made it out to be.

Anyway, my younger brother actually recommended this to me. He’s a man of few words. You’ll get one or two word answers from him to most questions, but when asked what he thought of Crash (which he saw in the theater), he said it was “One of the best movies I’ve seen.” For a movie to draw seven words out of my brother, it must be good.

So, I got the movie from Netflix and settled in to watch it one night. There’s not much I can tell you about the storyline without giving too much away. It twists and weaves and connects in the most unexpected places. The stories presented are heart-wrenching and thought-provoking. You really start to care about these people, and in some cases you really start to despise some of them.

The actors in this film are truly gifted. As you’re watching you see not Matt Dillon, but Officer Ryan. You don’t see Don Cheadle, of Ocean’s 11 fame, but Detective Graham. My absolute favorite performance, however, came from Ryan Phillipe. One scene late in the movie gave me newfound respect for this former teen mag pinup. I can’t describe the scene, because it will give away key plot points, but trust me it’s worth watching.

This whole movie is worth watching. It’s very powerful, and very well done.


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