Final Film Critique: Crash (2004)

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Final Film Critique: Crash (2004) Jay Dennis ENG 225 Introduction to Film Instructor: Cicely Young April 13, 2014 Final Film Critique Draft: Crash (2004) There are many different critical elements and artistic aspects to examine when analyzing and critiquing any film. In 2004 Paul Haggis wrote and directed the award winning drama Crash about various intertwining experiences involving racial relations and the socioeconomic status levels of the diverse cast of characters. This film addresses how humans being deal with real life circumstances and addresses how racial stereotypes and prejudices impact our society by causing a separation of customs, ignoring human and civil rights, and demonstrating how racism can cause moral,…show more content…
The songs that were part of the soundtrack of the film are played at moments that were significant to the scene. A perfect example is when Thandie Newton’s character, Christine, is trapped inside of the wrecked car and the same racist officer that physically violated her the previous evening, played by Matt Dillon, was trying to rescue her; as the song Flames by Mark Isham played in the background. This song is an Old Persian folklore song that was written as a ballad, but the mood and the melody is perfect for the scene as the two characters must trust one another and set aside their grievances in order to make it out of the situation alive. The superb acting was not the only visible element that allowed this award winning film to engage the viewer. The film begins with the out of focus shots of the car headlights which could possibly be setting up the audience to see that the characters in the film will not be what they seem and may also lack focus throughout the film as well. The cinematography around the majority of the film is subtle as the director chose to focus more on close-ups and the raw emotions on the actor’s faces and expressions. There are very few scenes where a lot of action is necessary to carry the movie, but the scenes that do contain action, such as the attempted carjacking of Terrence Howard’s character, Cameron, and the ensuing police
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