Crash (2 Disc Edition)
You think you know who you are? You have no idea. This is the tagline of Crash, a film that has the ambition to let you think about how you deal with the unknown. A film about how a total stranger can affect your life without even having met you or the other way around. In Crash we follow 36 hours in the lives of a group of people whose paths will cross and sometimes crash. They will be confronted with their own prejudices, their own suspicion and even (hidden) racism.
When viewing this kaleidoscopic film where lives of people are entangled, you can’t help but feeling sometimes that Crash is a little bit too constructed and that there are a suspicious amount of coincidences necessary to tie all storylines together. This however didn’t bother me much because the story was very compelling and although Paul Haggis is sometimes patronizing his audience, he managed to avoid turning Crash into a single-sided liberal political pamphlet. Crash is great drama but a far from realistic (but how would I know?) and objective view on racial tensions in L.A. which makes this movie also a bit hypocrite when the director depicts it as a realistic portrait.
Sound and Vision:
On technical aspects this DVD scores relatively high but not flawless. Both sound and image quality are good but some DVD players may have a problem with the layer transition. There were no compression errors noticeable except for a few seconds in one chapter (When Jean bashes the Latino locksmith) where the audio was not synchronized with the dialogue on screen. This only happened once and is not really a disaster but can still be pretty irritating. A small flaw but one that could have been avoided.
Even on the 2-disc Special Edition, the amount of extras provided is rather small but in an overall view nonetheless very interesting. You’ve got interviews with the cast who are – to be honest – nothing more than a praise on writer-director Paul Haggis and a statement about how important the issues addressed in this film are. But sometimes Don Cheadle and Terence Howard have some pretty interesting thoughts to share.
Also included on the second disc is a Selected B-Roll, an Introduction from the Director and some Behind The Scenes footage. Both are very interesting for people who want to know more about the production process of the film or how some scenes were shot. These documentaries are also worth a look for another reason as they show with which intentions Crash was made and they will undoubtedly make you watch the film with a more critic mind.
Crash is a great film drama that carries out a noble message but it also is not capable to fulfil all of the obvious ambitions that Paul Haggis had while writing and shooting this movie. Some situations seem a bit too forced and some plotlines are just the tiniest too coincidental. But hey, it is a movie and in the end Crash will still give you something to think about long after you’ve watched the end titles roll.