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Crash Analysis Crash is a groundbreaking film that came to our cinema screens in 2004. The cast is well known and they all play new characters to their genre of film. The film has been Oscar nominated and has made more money then the director could ever imagine. The director of this film, Paul Haggis has deliberately shown the audience race relations and how we treat each other today so the audience can make there own preconceptions. He likes to do this so that people are forced to confront difficult issues. Mr Haggis wants people to think about his film after they have watched it instead of just forgetting all about it and saying, "that was a nice film". He says the idea of the film came to him the night after September 11th 2001 at about 2am. He said he had his own memories from when he had a car - jacking experience ten years previous to that night.
We are shown that many people own guns, but it is for there own safety than to kill. We are shown how people relate to people by prejudice and first impressions when Don Cheadle who plays Graham, utters out the first line and then interchange between Jennifer Esposito and Alexis Rhee. Don Cheadle also produces the film along with Paul Haggis and gives a significant financial backing to the film. As we get to know characters in this film we make assumptions about them. Most of the characters are in narrative strands about race. Some of our views on the characters are completely obliterated from our first assumptions. For example when the policeman sexually assaults a black women on the sidewalk next her car we think he is a vulgar, disgusting man, but later in the film we see him trying to safe his dad.
The US distributor, Lions Gate, knew that film was going to be a success from the first time they saw it. They went for a wide release which got shown at over 2,000 screens across the US and Canada. This paid off and the film was at the box office from May until September. It was released in early summer, which ran through the blockbuster season. In the UK, Pathe' was the films distributor and they also went for a wide release, showing the film at 276 screens, which is a lot more than Pathe' other releases. The film was released later in the UK but still in the blockbuster season. In 2006 it got nominated for 6 Oscar nominations that will of boosted the DVD sales of the film. I think this is an excellent film bringing forward the things that are covered up by Hollywood and makes me think how many other places are like this. The film defiantly deserved its 6 Oscar nominations. Kieron Hall, 12TW, Media Studies, Mrs Skotney
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