Crash Movie Review

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Crash Stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination are the underlying themes of Crash. This 2004 American drama film depicts racial and social tensions in Los Angeles, California. Several inter-related stories of different and unique characters of diverse races and ethnicities twist together just during two days in Los Angeles. These include a black detective, two carjackers, the white District Attorney, a racist white policeman, an African American Hollywood director and his wife, a Persian-immigrant father, and an industrious Hispanic locksmith. One thing interesting about Crash is the fact that no actual victims or offenders are detected among the characters. Instead, those who suffer from racism are later proved to exercise discrimination upon others in different contexts and situations. Graham Waters typically says in the beginning of the movie: “It’s the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We’re always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something” (Crash). Indeed, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination are inevitable in such a multicultural society as America. A stereotype is an unchanging feeling or opinion that we impose on a specific person or thing, which is actually untrue in real life (Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary). It is the biased mindset held by people against certain groups of people. This bias is often the result of past experiences one might encounter or the common public viewpoints. Throughout history, labeling and stereotyping have been employed to quicken the process of communication. However, this tool has been used undesirably to discriminate against certain groups of individuals. Crash is a typical example. Throughout the entire movie, the characters apply

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