landing in Colombo
By Susitha R. Fernando
of three Oscars, Paul Haggis' 'Crash', a movie about the troubled
racial conflicts in Los Angeles is now being screened at Majestic
cinema in Colombo.
Featuring an all-star cast and some of the finest, realistic writing
you'll ever see, "Crash" dares to go where few films have
gone before, openly flirting between lines of race, colour, and
ethnicity. The film won Best Picture, Best Editing and Best original
Screenplay at the Academy awards 2006. It also bagged several BAFTA
awards and won international acclaims too.
and directed by Paul Haggis, the Academy Award winning writer of
"Million Dollar Baby," "Crash" relays a handful
of stories which is thought provoking and each with a different
spin on racial tolerance in today's world. It deals with assumptive
and presumptuous behaviour that is considered as bad examples.
stars James Spader, Holly Hunter, Deborah Kara Unger, Rosanna Arquette,
Elias Koteas, Peter MacNeil. A provocative, unflinching look at
the complexities of racial conflict in America, 'Crash' is that
rare cinematic event - a film that challenges audiences to question
their own prejudices. Diving headlong into the diverse melting pot
of post-9/11 Los Angeles, this compelling urban drama tracks the
volatile intersections of a multi-ethnic cast, examining fear and
bigotry from multiple perspectives as characters swerve in and out
of one another's lives. No one is safe in the battle zones of racial
no one is immune to the simmering rage that sparks violence - and
changes lives. A district attorney and his wife, a Persian shopkeeper,
a Mexican locksmith, an African American television director and
his wife, two carjackers, a middle-aged Korean couple, a veteran
and a rookie cop, these are just some of the characters whose lives
are on a collision course - some for better, some for worse. All
are connected by their hopes and dreams, their fears and sorrows,
and their compassion and courage. All are connected by their humanity.
Powerful and provocative, "Crash" is a masterful morality
tale with a lot of guts.
story revolves around the handful of storyline which evolves and
develop is these characters. Many of these stories collide in different
ways. Waters' mother is a junkie, his brother is missing, and even
worse, he is blackmailed into a police cover up. Officer Ryan can't
get medical care for his dying father, racially insults a black
woman at his HMO for taking referential treatment, and then finds
himself in a life-threatening situation with a familiar face. Cameron
returns to work, but is approached by a white producer who tells
him that one of his actors is not "black enough."
because his wife blames him for failing to protect her, he turns
suicidal and has a confrontation with Officer Hansen, who endures
a certain amount of humiliation to work alone. Then, theres the
locksmith, who is actually a family man, but who falls prey to a
near fatal stereotype by a Persian shopkeeper, who himself is mistaken
for an Arab. All these stories lie at the intersection of an urban,
multi-ethnic time where humanity is blinded by racial intolerance.
This film is a must for many with racial prejudice of stereotyping
race, colour and ethnicity.
has earned some $83 million at the box office around the world as
well as millions more in home video and DVD sales. Screening times
are 10.30 am, 1.30 pm and 7 .00pm and the film is imported and distributed
by Cinema Entertainment Limited (CEL).