"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."
-Graham from the Motion Picture Crash (2005)
This quote refers to the diversity in Los Angeles and how people put up personal barriers and are hesitant to trust others. Crash is a movie that really gets people to look at their own prejudices and to the roots of their morality by showing the hidden racism and prejudices that are very present in our society and even in ourselves today.
If this movie were to be summarized in one sentence, one may say that no matter who you are, everybody holds preconceptions and stereotypes against other people. For example, in this movie, an upper-class white woman sees two black men so she clings to her husband, showing she is scared of them. Even though this woman had no idea who they were, she still jumped to a conclusion that they were going to harm her because of the color of their skin.
This movie takes place in Los Angeles and is about racial conflicts within a group of people which occur in a series of events. Since there are a wide variety of characters in this movie, it can be confusing to the viewer. In the plot, Graham is an African-American detective whose younger brother is a criminal. His mother cares more about his brother than Graham and she wants Graham to bring his brother back home, which in turn hurts Graham. Graham?s partner Ria is a Hispanic woman who comes to find that her and Graham?s ethnicities conflict when she had sex with him. Rick is the Los Angeles district attorney who is also open-minded and his wife Jean is a person who carries prejudices and stereotypes against other people. Her views become evident when her SUV is stolen by Anthony and Peter. Anthony is an African-American man who detests white people after he received bad service at a coffee shop. His accomplice Peter, who is also African-American, is man who is more open-minded about prejudices and racial views. Cameron is an African-American producer and his attractive wife Christine and he are on their way home from a party when they are pulled over by Officer Ryan, who accuses them of sexual misdemeanors. Officer Ryan?s partner Officer Hansen just stands there in shock as Officer Ryan inappropriately searches Christine. Farhad is a middle-eastern shop owner who wants his lock fixed, he hires Daniel, a Hispanic locksmith who isn?t trusted by his customers because of his appearance.
The reason behind the numerous storylines and variety of characters in the movie is the director trying to get his viewers to see the different walks of life in Los Angeles. By doing this the viewer is able to see how the characters perceive each other. This is vital to the movie because the main message of the movie is how we view others.
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