Netflix 100 Flicks: Crash

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As I trolled through the Netflix 100 list of movies, (doesn’t everyone?), I noted that I’d seen 45 of them. Not bad for an armchair critic, I’m sure. I blame my sleepy town, as there’s never anything more entertaining to do than go to the movies.

So I have the happy coincidence of being able to help you out when you’re shopping for a movie to watch tonight. I present my new series: Netflix 100 Flicks. Right now, it will be a 45 part series, but may grow as I see more of the Netflix 100. That would be a guilty pleasure type goal, so please keep it on the down low. That would be just between you and me.

Anyway, the #1 flick on the Netflix 100 is Crash. I must say I’m surprised. There’s a lot of talking in Crash. High-minded, metaphysical, psychological talk about racism pervades the movie. But the way the characters behave is very stereotypical.

Larenz Tate and Chris Ludacris Bridges are walking and having a scholarly discussion of stereotypes, and it is funny and relevant all the way until they carjack Brendon Fraser and Sandra Bullock. Larenz and Ludacris are angry because Sandra was scared of them, and do they really wonder why? I was shocked and appalled from that moment on, and didn’t really want to hear anything else Crash had to say.

But I had to, because the movie droned on and on. What was its point? Something about LA being too crowded for its own good? Was that what Don Cheadle was talking about when he wasn’t trying to shock his mother? The emasculation of Terrence Howard was shocking and painful to watch. His reaction to such was predictable.

Not so predictable were the cops played by Matt Dillon and Ryan Phillipe. Their reactions were surprisingly against type, which was a jarring contrast to the stereotypical reactions of the other characters. The fact that it would even attempt to talk about race is probably why Crash got so much buzz. Was it the best movie of 2005? I don’t think so, though it is the only one of the nominees that I saw.

Please click here for my rating system.

1. Story: Normally, I appreciate a movie that weaves together several unrelated stories. I especially savor when all the stories come together; it makes for a subtle, cerebral experience. Not so in Crash. It is about as subtle as a heart attack, and when it all comes together, you feel all banged up, as if you’ve been in a crash. It’s aptly named. 5

2. Acting: While I don’t feel the dialog or the story, the acting in Crash is pretty good. Larenz Tate redeemed himself from that train wreck, Love Jones. Ryan Phillipe redeemed himself from the 90s. Not so, Thandi Newton. 8

3. Costumes/Setting: Crash has a story of class differences to tell, and the costumes help with that story. As for the setting, LA is as vibrant a character as any flesh and blood one. 8

Total rating for Crash: 7

You can watch Crash tonight on Amazon Video on Demand.

This review is part 1 in a series. Click here to read part 2. Click here to read part 3. Click here to read part 4. Click here to read part 5. Click here to read part 6. Click here to read part 7. Click here to read part 8.

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