Sunday, 30 July 2006

Crash (2005) - ickleReview (DVD)

The second time round this works better: knowing what's coming and how the characterization works, I appreciated what the film was trying to do: open up ethical and moral questions about racial difference and prejudice, provoke debates, ruffle feathers. I found the characters much more sympathetic. The film has an air of realism but an undercurrent of fable and morality play. The characters are stereotypes, like the stock characters of the medieval morality play; but they are always complicated and compromise our initial reactins towards them.

Nugget: gutsy and clever film about the way people treat each other and the consequences of their behaviour. It's not didactic and offers an ambiguous space in which to think.

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