Crash Movie Essay

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Greysun Morales
Professor Calabrese
Humanities 2250
30 August 2012
Crash
When you’re walking on a sidewalk or walkway and happen to brush shoulders with a person or make eye contact, you don’t think you are ever going to see that person again. But in actuality, that person can be your future boss or even coworker, or the murderer of a loved family member. Crash shows that every person on this earth is somehow connected to each other; it doesn’t matter if you are black, white, or Hispanic. This film has a handful of people that when you look at them separately, you would never think they were connected in any way. But they all eventually have something in common that brings them together but definitely not in a good way. Despite its not so happy ending, I really liked crash for what it’s worth. It shows how far people can go when they hate a certain race of people, in this case, African-Americans. In a certain scene in the movie a white cop, that dislikes black people, pulls over a black couple for no apparent reason besides wanting to cause them trouble. I’m positive that in the real world there are cops that are racist to different kinds of races. Race is the big issue in this film; it’s what causes the problems that these people run into. A rich white lady not wanting a “gangbanger” Hispanic guy changing her locks for fear that he might sell the keys to his “homies”, a pair of black men robbing that same white women and husband just because they knew that she feared them. It’s crazy to think what people would do, just because they don’t like a certain race. Furthermore, I think Crash is an amazing movie; it has a spectacular cast of actors portraying these deep characters. Any person, who likes a different kind of American drama about social and racial tensions in a Los Angeles setting, should totally check out this film. And just to mention, it won…...

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