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6 May 2005 (USA) See more »
It's not like things are black and white. See more »
Los Angeles citizens with vastly separate lives collide in interweaving stories of race, loss and redemption. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won 3 Oscars. Another 72 wins & 103 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Karina Arroyave ... Elizabeth
Dato Bakhtadze ... Lucien

Sandra Bullock ... Jean

Don Cheadle ... Graham

Art Chudabala ... Ken Ho

Sean Cory Cooper ... Motorcycle Cop (as Sean Cory)

Tony Danza ... Fred

Keith David ... Lt. Dixon

Loretta Devine ... Shaniqua

Matt Dillon ... Officer Ryan

Jennifer Esposito ... Ria
Ime Etuk ... Georgie (as Ime N. Etuk)

Eddie J. Fernandez ... Officer Gomez (as Eddie Fernandez)

William Fichtner ... Flanagan

Howard Fong ... Store Owner

Brendan Fraser ... Rick

Billy Gallo ... Officer Hill

Ken Garito ... Bruce

Nona Gaye ... Karen

Octavio Gómez Berríos ... Hispanic Passenger (as Octavio Gómez)
James Haggis ... Lara's Friend

Terrence Howard ... Cameron

Sylva Kelegian ... Nurse Hodges

Daniel Dae Kim ... Park

Bruce Kirby ... Pop Ryan

Ludacris ... Anthony (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges)

Jayden Lund ... Security Guard

Jack McGee ... Gun Store Owner

Amanda Moresco ... First Assistant Director

Thandie Newton ... Christine
Martin Norseman ... Conklin

Joe Ordaz ... Hispanic Driver

Greg Joung Paik ... Choi

Michael Peña ... Daniel
Yomi Perry ... Maria

Ryan Phillippe ... Officer Hanson (as Ryan Phillipe)

Alexis Rhee ... Kim Lee

Ashlyn Sanchez ... Lara

Molly Schaffer ... Woman at Locksmith's

Paul E. Short ... Officer Stone

Marina Sirtis ... Shereen

Bahar Soomekh ... Dorri

Allan Steele ... Paramedic
Kate Super ... Receptionist

Larenz Tate ... Peter

Glenn Taranto ... Country DJ (voice)

Beverly Todd ... Graham's Mother

Shaun Toub ... Farhad

Kathleen York ... Officer Johnson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Curt Clendenin ... Carjack Witness (uncredited)
Taber Cross ... Clerk (uncredited)

Alastair Douglas ... Young Peter (uncredited)

Nicholas George Stark ... Jamal (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Haggis 
Writing credits
Paul Haggis (story)

Paul Haggis (screenplay) &
Robert Moresco (screenplay) (as Bobby Moresco)

Produced by
Don Cheadle .... producer
Betsy Danbury .... co-producer
Sarah Finn .... co-producer (as Sarah Halley Finn)
Marina Grasic .... executive producer
Paul Haggis .... producer
Mark R. Harris .... producer
Randi Hiller .... co-producer
Jan Korbelin .... executive producer
Dana Maksimovich .... associate producer
Robert Moresco .... producer (as Bobby Moresco)
Tom Nunan .... executive producer
Andrew Reimer .... executive producer
Cathy Schulman .... producer
Bob Yari .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
Cinematography by
James M. Muro (director of photography) (as J. Michael Muro)
Film Editing by
Hughes Winborne 
Casting by
Sarah Finn  (as Sarah Halley Finn)
Randi Hiller 
Production Design by
Laurence Bennett 
Art Direction by
Brandee Dell'Aringa 
Set Decoration by
Linda Lee Sutton  (as Linda Sutton-Doll)
Costume Design by
Linda M. Bass  (as Linda Bass)
Makeup Department
RaMona Fleetwood .... hair stylist (as Ramona Fleetwood)
Kerry Mendenhall .... department head hair stylist
Ben Nye Jr. .... department head makeup
Bunny Parker .... department head hair stylist
Theraesa Rivers .... key hair stylist
Kimberley Spiteri .... department head hair stylist
Michelle Vittone .... key makeup artist (as Michelle Vittone-McNeil)
Production Management
Brad Arensman .... post-production supervisor
Betsy Danbury .... unit production manager
Mads Hansen .... production supervisor
Robert Katz .... executive in charge of production
Joel T. Pashby .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Cameron .... first assistant director
Ime Etuk .... second second assistant director (as Ime N. Etuk)
Simone Farber .... second assistant director
Casey Mako .... additional second second assistant director
Christian Pichler .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Scott Ambrose .... property master
Brian Barr .... art department intern
James R. Barrows .... set dresser (as James Barrows)
Daniel Brodo .... leadman
Nicki Cohen .... buyer
Cary Conway .... lead paint foreman (as Cary 'NW' Conway)
Steve Dennis .... painter
Stacy Doran .... set dresser
Marcus Epps .... set dresser
Joseph W. Grafmuller .... leadman (as Joseph Grafmuller)
Maya S. Grafmuller .... set dresser (as Maya Grafmuller)
Jay Jergensen .... construction coordinator (as John W. Jergensen)
Paul 'Butch' Kitchen Jr. .... assistant prop master (as Paul Butch Kitchen)
Bruce Purcell .... set dresser
Cynthia C. Rebman .... on-set dresser (as Cynthia Rebman)
Oswaldo Rojas .... propmaker
Philip Ryan .... painter
David Saenz de Maturana .... on-set dresser (as David Saenz De Maturana)
Homberto Saenz .... laborer (as Humberto Saenz)
Bradford W. Shoemaker .... construction foreman
Jonathan Woods .... storyboard artist (as Jonathan B. Woods)
Brian DeNike .... on-set greensman (uncredited)
Michael F. Loomer .... props (uncredited)
Tek J. Smith .... scenic artist: set (uncredited)
Jack White .... food stylist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... re-recording mixer
Derek Lee Bell .... additional audio
Zack Davis .... dialog editor (as Zach Davis)
Keren Falkenstein .... additional audio
Tim Farrell .... additional audio
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
Marc Fishman .... re-recording mixer (as Marc David Fishman)
Sandy Gendler .... supervising sound editor
Chato Hill .... digital sound assistant
Adam Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Eric Lamb .... digital sound assistant
Carrie Lisonbee .... digital sound assistant
Darrin Mann .... foley mixer
Ryan Murphy .... sound re-recordist
Andy Potvin .... consultant: Dolby
Rocky Quiroz .... utility sound technician
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Joel Shryack .... boom operator
Unsun Song .... sound re-recordist
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (as Greg Steel)
Richard Van Dyke .... sound mixer
Karen Vassar Triest .... dialog editor (as Karen Vassar)
Jason Wade .... additional audio
Julie Altus .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Steve Bartkowicz .... re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Courtney Bishop .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Michael Miller .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Magic A. Moreno .... Mag and Optical Transfer Engineer (uncredited)
Jason Wade .... adr assistant (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Scott M. Austin .... special effects foreman
Dan Edwards .... special effects technician (as Danny Edwards)
Jeffrey Machit .... special effects technician (as Jeffrey C. Machit)
Doyle Smiley .... special effects technician
Ron Trost .... special effects coordinator
Bryan Wohlers .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Sean Applegate .... effects animator: Luma Pictures
Artaya Boonsoong .... lead technical supervisor: Luma Pictures
Dean Chamberlain .... producer: iO Film
Andy Chih-Jen Chang .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Chad Dombrova .... digital effects technician: Luma Pictures
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging supervisor: iO Film (as Christopher Dusendschön)
Evan Edelist .... production executive: iO Film
Saeed Faridzadeh .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
H Haden Hammond .... compositor: Luma Pictures
H Haden Hammond .... effects animator: Luma Pictures
Justin Johnson .... lead digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Wendy Klein .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Tim Krubsack .... production executive: iO Film
Julie Landholt .... end title graphics: iO Film (as J. Kathryn Landholt)
Artin Matousian .... digital effects technician: Luma Pictures
Glenn Morris .... visual effects coordinator: Luma Pictures
Kevin Mullican .... color science/imaging r&d: iO Film
Ian Noe .... visual effects producer: Luma Pictures
David Schoneveld .... effects animator: Luma Pictures
Payam Shohadai .... visual effects supervisor: Luma Pictures
Thanapoom Siripopungul .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures
Daniel E. Zobrist .... lead matchmover: Luma Pictures (as Daniel Zobrist)
Unjoo Lee Byars .... producer: main title (uncredited)
Kyle Cassidy .... digital compositor: Luma Pictures (uncredited)
Russ Honican .... main title design (uncredited)
Hank Amos .... stunt performer
Erik Betts .... stunt performer
Dartenea Bryant .... stunt performer
Keith Campbell .... stunt performer
Chris Carnel .... stunt performer (as Christopher Carnel)
Jack Carpenter .... stunt performer
Kofi Elam .... stunt performer
Randolph LeRoi .... stunt performer (as Randolph Leroi)
Delma Miranda .... stunt performer
Robair Sims .... stunt performer
Monica Staggs .... stunt performer
Dean Wayton .... stunt performer
Gary J. Wayton .... stunt coordinator (as Gary Wayton)
April Weeden .... stunt performer (as April Washington)
Curt Bonn .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Richie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Paul E. Short .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Arnold .... electrician
Art Bartels .... key grip
Lee Blasingame .... first assistant camera
Kirk Bloom .... second assistant camera (as Kirk L. Bloom)
Bruce Chimerofsky .... best boy grip
James 'Spud' Danicic .... additional second assistant camera
Robert Estrella Jr. .... additional dolly grip
Cole Gibson .... camera intern
Jeff Goldberg .... grip
Dana Gonzales .... camera operator
Dana Gonzales .... director of photography: second unit
Dylan Goss .... director of photography: aerial unit
Robert Heine .... additional first assistant camera
Sam Kretchmar .... camera intern
David Fred Masselink .... digital imaging technician: iO Film (as D. Fred Masselink)
Richie Metcalfe .... grip (as Lawton 'Richie' Metcalfe)
Dayton Nietert .... gaffer
Masahiro Onodera .... camera assistant: aerial unit
Scott Pepin .... electrician
Raul Riveros .... camera loader
David Ross .... camera intern
Jesse Rushton .... electrician
Jim Saldutti .... grip
Todd Schlopy .... additional first assistant camera (as R. Todd Schlopy)
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Jim Sheldon .... still photographer
Victor Svimonoff .... rigging gaffer
Will Whitaker .... wireless video link operator
James D. Wickman .... dolly grip
Darryl Wilson .... rigging key grip
Christopher A. Zwirner .... best boy electric
Ben Bowling .... electrician (uncredited)
Shane Buttle .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Shane Buttle .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
John S. Campbell .... night light operator (uncredited)
Matthew A. Del Ruth .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Andrew Dumas .... second assistant camera: additional unit (uncredited)
Alan Jacoby .... additional film loader (uncredited)
Timothy Jipping .... grip (uncredited)
Alexandra Lucka .... additional camera loader (uncredited)
James M. Muro .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Ray Patrick .... super technocrane operator (uncredited)
Chris Shadley .... video assist operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Amy Greene .... casting assistant
Jimmy Jue .... extras casting
Erika Sellin .... casting associate
Kathryn Lyn Long .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mary Cheung .... set costumer
Bridgitte Ferry .... set costumer (as Brigitte Ferry)
Leyla Jabbar .... wardrobe intern
Gail Just .... wardrobe supervisor
Eve-Gerri Pagliarulo .... wardrobe intern
Romeo Pompa .... set costumer
Isabela Braga .... costumer (uncredited)
Alana Caudillo .... costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Adam Hawkey .... digital colorist: iO Film (as Adam S. Hawkey)
Sean Hubbert .... first assistant film editor
Michael John Koetter .... assistant digital colorist: iO Film (as Michael Koetter)
Joel T. Pashby .... post-production coordinator (as Joel Pashby)
J.D. McDonald .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Ed Twiford .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Bob Wenokur .... studio post-production representative (uncredited)
Location Management
David Diamond .... assistant location manager
Jennifer Dunne .... location manager (as Jennifer W. Dunne)
Janet Harold .... assistant location manager
Leslie A. Morrow .... key assistant location manager
Scott Mosher .... assistant location manager (as Scott D. Mosher)
Music Department
James Burt .... music editor (as Jim Burt)
Richard Glasser .... music supervisor
Mark Isham .... music arranger
Mark Isham .... music producer
Mark Isham .... musician
Stephen Krause .... music recordist-mixer
Jason La Rocca .... assistant scoring mixer
Cindy O'Connor .... additional music arranger
Mark Reveley .... music assistant
Curtis Roush .... music editor
Jay Faires .... music executive (uncredited)
Shiro Gutzie .... soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Joel C. High .... music executive (uncredited)
Rebecca Rienks .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Tony Barattini .... driver
Tracey V. Black .... driver (as Tracy Black)
David R. Blakely .... driver
Daren Bojarski .... driver
Roger Bojarski .... transportation captain (as Roger S. Bojarski)
Brad Campbell .... driver
John Campbell .... driver
Corey Dail .... driver
Derew Frutos .... driver
Jay Galloway .... driver
Curt Michael Grooms .... driver
Virgie Haltman .... driver (as Virgie Halteman)
Kevin Loding .... driver (as Kevin P. Loding)
Eric Moon .... driver
Michael Perrotti .... transportation coordinator
Juan Ramirez .... transportation co-captain (as Juan J. Ramirez)
Domiciano Rodriquez .... driver (as Dom Rodriguez)
George A. Sack .... driver (as George Sack)
Clinton J. Taylor .... driver (as Clinton Taylor)
Sal Velásquez .... driver (as Sal Velasquez)
Gina August .... driver (uncredited)
William P. Lafon .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Thomas Becker .... business and legal affairs: ApolloProScreen
Tony Black .... assistant to cast
Andrew Blau .... production coordinator
David Bojarski .... assistant to cast
Paul Borbon .... stand-in
Erik Bright .... unit publicist
Luis Brito .... catering chef: Hanna Brothers
James Cameron .... production assistant
Jackie Chiquete .... stand-in
Hugo Cortez .... catering assistant: Hanna Brothers
Heather I. Denton .... production assistant
John Federico .... production assistant
Thorsten Felscher .... financial affairs: ApolloProScreen
Jordan Brendan Finnegan .... key set production assistant (as Jordan Finnegan)
Felicia Flick .... assistant: Ms. Schulman
Kelli Gillam .... post-production accountant
Paul Giorgi .... payroll accountant
Rob Hamer .... production assistant
Ethan Higbee .... assistant to cast
Barbara J. Keys .... set medic (as Barbara Keys)
Howard Keys .... set medic (as Howard M. Keys)
Richard D. Lewis .... finance
Richard D. Lewis .... production executive
Michael J. Linowes .... production legal services: Linowes & Burkin (as Michael J. Linowes Esq.)
Jay Mason .... script supervisor
Richard McDonough .... assistant to producers
Peter McKernan .... pilot (as Peter J. McKernan)
Dale Ottley .... production secretary
Richie Parker .... stand-in (as Richard Parker)
Tanoa Parks .... production accountant
Daniel Rosenthal .... production assistant
Jimmy Rudon .... production assistant (as Jimmy 'Bling' Rudin)
Gian Sardar .... assistant: Mr. Haggis
Kai Schürmann .... production supervisor: ApolloProScreen (as Kai Schuermann)
Jack Stern .... studio teacher
Shelly Strong .... production executive
Daniel Stutz .... business and legal affairs executive
Tiffany Thomas .... first assistant accountant
Mark Thomason .... stand-in
Angel Villatoro .... catering assistant: Hanna Brothers
Ian Watermeier .... staff coordinator
Jörg Westerkamp .... production executive: ApolloProScreen (as Joerg Westerkamp)
Dana Wilkey .... product placement
Nicole Wirtz .... stand-in
Charlotte Young .... assistant legal affairs
Josef Brandmaier .... corporate finance (uncredited)
Unjoo Lee Byars .... main title producer (uncredited)
Nadine Deckensattl .... assistant business affairs (uncredited)
Thomas Fischer .... legal affairs (uncredited)
Suraj Gohill .... production lender (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Jonathan Heine .... production financing (uncredited)
Warner Loughlin .... acting coach (uncredited)
Michael McIntyre .... creative director: main titles (uncredited)
Jeanmarie Murphy-Burke .... publicity notes (uncredited)
Mikki Pallas .... unspecified assistant (uncredited)
Julie Polkes .... publicist (uncredited)
Lina Shanklin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Brad Shoemaker .... general foreman (uncredited)
Algerita Wynn .... photo double (uncredited)
Anita W. Addison .... dedicatee: (1952-2004 a great friend) (as Anita Addison)
Aliya Allyn .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Tim Allyn .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Laurence Becsey .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of (as Larry Becsey)
Donna Buchanan .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Unjoo Lee Byars .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Michael Chaiken .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of (as Dr. Michael Chaiken)
Tony Danza .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Rick Gold .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Meredith Grindlinger .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Ted Haggis .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Floy Hawkins .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Marshall Herskovitz .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Jason Isaacs .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Carl Lumbly .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Rosie McCann .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Buckley Norris .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Chuck Parker .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Pam Perry .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Mike Pietrzak .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Rebecca Pollack .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Deborah Rennard .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Salli Richardson-Whitfield .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of (as Salli Richardson)
Robyn Roth .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Neil Sacker .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Janet Salas .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Anthony Santa Croce .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
John Segota .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Todd Sharp .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Mary Jo Slater .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Ryk St. Vincent .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Allan Steele .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Ronald Sue .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of (as Dr. Ronald Sue)
Glenn Taranto .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Jeff Wachtel .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Deborah Wettstein .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Randy Wiggins .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Chuck Worthen .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Catherine Zappa .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Randy Zisk .... the producers gratefully acknowledge the help of
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language, sexual content and some violence
112 min | 115 min (director's cut)
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Paul Haggis holds the distinction of being the only person ever to write the screenplay for two consecutive Best Picture winners. He also wrote the previous year's Best Picture winner, Million Dollar Baby (2004).See more »
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Graham: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.
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177 out of 321 people found the following review useful.
A Rusty Sledgehammer., 16 March 2006
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

Alas, here is a film mired by its excesses; one that comes so curiously close to moments of cinematic brilliance that all but embody the captivating possibilities of film-making, before disappointingly devolving backwards into a predictable, hammy and unbelievable preaching session.

Predictable because it follows standards – and doesn't dare to take enough risks. Hammy because it is stiff, simple and suspiciously empty. Unbelievable because a woman is saved from an exploding car on a jam-packed LA freeway and booked into a hospital and the cop who saved her goes back to work minutes afterward and, apparently, her husband is never even notified of her accident (and, if he had been, wouldn't he have been concerned with her welfare and perhaps at least left work early to attend to her?). Later that day he is involved in a high-speed chase; the conclusion of this incident wants to impress us with its irony and depth, but the problem is that there is none. Irony is not irony when it is commanded to be so; these characters do not realistically bounce off each other as they do in Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon" or Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" – Paul Haggis' screenplay is contrived, and every time their paths cross, it isn't so much because they could cross (as in "Pulp Fiction") – it is because they must cross ways to service the furthering of the plot. It was irony in "Fiction" that the watch given to Butch was his father's saving grace and alternatively the cause of his own near-death. When the cop who sexually probed the woman ends up being her savior in "Crash," it isn't irony. It's a gimmick.

The film wants to challenge us, spiritually, intellectually, and emotionally – it wants to be on the edge – and it even thinks it is challenging – but in all actuality, it's very light, and the Academy's choice of awarding it Best Picture substantiates this. "Crash" plays it safe, too often and frustratingly so. It wants to force us into second-guessing our mentality – but this only makes it feel heavy-handed and manipulative. It proposes that people today (especially in areas such as Los Angeles) are racist – and extends this theory by proving their apparent racism through actions and dialogue – but this only works as a tool for awareness, not resolution. It worked with "Uncle Tom's Cabin" – it opened doors for new racial policies – but that was at a time when people's eyes needed to be open. It is now the twenty-first century, and bigots and racists know who they are and embrace this fact. We don't need a warning, anymore – we need a solution, and "Crash" provides no solid answers.

But it does have its moments – few and far between – that are stunning. (The rescue sequence, for example.) Matt Dillon gives a stellar performance, rich with depth and brimming with angst and hatred. Don Cheadle, in a similarly small role (from a cast of seemingly dozens), manages to convey exactly what the film needs in the form of a very human (and therefore very flawed) man from a shaky background who is struggling to maintain his image whilst dealing with a turbulent family situation – all of which comes to a breathtaking finale that doubles back on itself to the very beginning of the film.

Yet, for a movie with the gall to proclaim it is firmly rooted in humanity and wants to expose our inherent flaws, and wants to tell us we "don't know" who we really are, it does little to connect with its audience – even on the most basic level. The movie is simply too silly to take seriously. There are the aforementioned moments that actually start to amount to something, and begin to captivate – but are unfortunately dragged to a halting stop whenever Haggis tries to nail the point with a sledgehammer. An example of this: Everyone is constantly referring to racism in the script; one character is a conspiracy nut that thinks windows are put on buses to showcase the blacks "too poor" to afford anything other than public transportation. One character to the next is having an argument dealing with racial issues – a black car thief claiming all whites are racist; a white woman ranting about blacks and Latinos; a light-skinned black woman calling her husband racial epithets; it's just one after the next, over and over; Haggis didn't need to do this. We didn't need to have the woman's feelings explained to us, explicitly, after she is unjustly probed by the bigoted police officer. Her face says it all – it elicits fear, pain, hatred, and ultimately, deep upset over her husband's fragility and lack of manhood; the actions (or lack thereof) fulfilled by a man so utterly crippled by a fear of his own ethnicity that he denies himself the most basic human rights; peer respect at the cost of humility and debasement.

A better director would have stopped here. The face says it all. We don't need the rusty sledgehammer to drive the point in. Sometimes, all we need is the nail, and we can carry out the rest on our own.

Note: I give this film seven stars out of ten because some of its better moments outweigh the bad. I reserve giving it a higher rating due to the reasons above, but I do want to make it clear that some parts of the film were very good, and it's a real pity that Haggis was so inconsistent with the movie and couldn't have extended the better parts into a perfect whole.

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