Summary and Overview on the Movie Crash Essay
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"Collision of Absolute Bigotry"
This movie Directed by Paul Haggis who also directed Academy Award Winning "Million Dollar Baby" and had also won an Academy Award for this movie as well puts a twisted story in this film. This movie is trying to symbolize what goes on in the world today in regards to racism and stereotypes. He tries to make a point on how societies view themselves and others in the world based on there ethnicities. This movie intertwines several different people's lives, all different races, with different types of beliefs. Such ethnicities include Caucasians, African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and Middle Eastern. This movie includes conflicts on both sides of the picture from cops and criminals as well…show more content…
The ironic part of this being that Anthony and Peter are conversing of poverty and notice the way jean looks at them and gets closer to his husband. They're discussing on how people are viewed when taking the bus and also once they notice jean looking at them the way she is, they take notice and question and answer each other why. Them saying she sees two black men and assumes that they are gangsters, hoodlums or just bad people. After you notice that, two seconds later Rick and Jean are being held at gun point and having their car stolen by Anthony and Peter. It was pretty bizarre once you saw that happen but than start to get an idea of what the rest of the movie will be like. After that scene occurred, we see Rick and Jean at home discussing what had just occurred in the previous scene with the holdup and theft of their car. They are filing a police report. Rick is running for an election and is trying figure out a way with his advisors to avoid gaining bad publicity. He wants the African Americans vote and does not want to lose those that are on his side. By filing this police report after the incident that just occurred, he feels he put himself in a bad position in the election. Him and his advisors are trying to figure out what he should with the interview with the news reporters. As he's trying to figure out the right wording for the situation that occurred, Jean is watching the locksmith named Daniel played by Michael Pena, he is
Facing Our Shadow and Finding the Light
Cameron, tired of feeling spineless, almost dies when he violently threatens a group of police officers. This reckless action ends up doing more than soothing his wounded pride, however. He can no longer pass judgment on his wife for her capacity to behave recklessly, but must forgive her, because he's discovered his own capacity to behave even more recklessly. Additionally, the common trigger for both his and his wife's recklessness--they share the predicament of living as a racial minority--shows him that he and his wife are "in this together". They must act as comrades, not enemies. So any fault or evil that we notice in another is likely to lead us to our common ground, but only if we are willing to fully face the corresponding shadows within our own nature.
Facing the darkness within also puts us on guard against its potential for harm. In the film, a white police officer repeatedly takes a stand against racism. However, in one of the last scenes, he gives a black hitchhiker a ride while off-duty. While his passenger makes friendly conversation about country music and ice-skating, this strongly anti-racist police officer simply doesn't believe anything he says. He can't picture a hitchhiking black man being interested in those things. He misreads his passenger as being antagonistic. When the black man reaches into his pocket, the rookie officer feels threatened and quickly shoots him, killing him. If even someone so genuinely appalled by racism can fail so tragically to connect with another person due to race differences, it is clear that everyone has at least some tendencies toward racial prejudice. The anti-racist policeman who killed the black hitchhiker might have acted differently if he had ever acknowledged and worked on the prejudice buried deeply in the shadow of his personality. But in accord with the eerily prophetic words of John Ryan, he had "no idea" who he really was.
So the dark side of human nature may either destroy us or lead us to mutual understanding and forgiveness of others. The dark side of life, similarly, may be either a cause for utter despair or the holy ground on which we hold all things common. Regardless of our social class or physical characteristics, we all suffer feelings of helplessness, loneliness, alienation, and fear. We all must endure pain, sadness, uncertainty, loss, and death. It is these things that we most loathe which form the soil where we might grow the human connections that we so desperately need. In this soil, beautiful connections can grow quickly between people who otherwise would spend a lifetime only crashing destructively into each other. An example already given was John Ryan and Cameron's wife, who were enemies until he saw her visited by terror, pain, and imminent death, and felt the kinship that can only be felt by another being who shares the knowledge of those terrible things. And in the few seconds between the moment the gun goes off in the Persian American shop owner's hand and the moment the locksmith realizes his little girl is not hurt, the locksmith is transformed before the shop owner's eyes. Where he once saw just a "thing" that creates trouble, he now sees a reflection of himself. In those seconds, the helpless girl clutched by her father becomes his own daughter, Dori. The howls and sobs coming from the locksmith echo in the shop owners very core, where he feels the gravity of such loss and grief. The locksmith, like him, fears nothing more than that harm or death should touch his daughter. Simultaneously, the shop owner sees his own potential for evil, a darkness so black that the sight of it makes his mind reel. Dazed, he stares at the loathsome thing in his hand, as if wondering how it got there. Seeing that the little girl is unharmed, he stumbles toward his car. Life will be wonderfully different.