Crash and Racism Essay

872 Words Mar 8th, 2009 4 Pages
Paul Haggis’ Crash is a drama set in the Los Angels area, the main concept of the film is racial and social tensions in L.A., Paul Haggis claims that it’s a “passion piece” due to it being inspired by a real life incident wherein his car was stolen outside a store in 1991 as he clearly states on the Crash commentary track.

Now my reaction to this film was at first shocked and in awe of the brutality of the first 30 minutes. Such as Anthony and Peter’s discussion in the first few minutes about the white persons being afraid of the black, even if they were the only two in the surroundings and yet they stole the car, proving the hypocritical nature of the film. Granted, this film is filled with racist remarks and yet somehow, none of this
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It seemed to me that Officer Hanson’s character had no prejudices towards any person.

Empathy, according to the textbook, is the quality of or ability to understand or/and enter another’s feelings. A great example of empathy would be to just watch Crash, the ability to understand what these persons are feeling during their social tensions and racial tension. Remember, empathy isn’t sympathizing, to show sympathy would be express compassion for someone else’s situation, while empathy would be to experience their emotions with that person.

I wouldn’t know who I’d empathize most with in the varied Crash cast list, if I were forced to make a choice, as I am at this present time, I’d go with Terrence Howard’s character Cameron Thayer. Basing my decision around five minutes after the end credits stopped rolling. He seems like he’s had the wrong end of the stick most of the time, and I felt his stresses throughout the duration of the film. Such as the robbery and even the cops near the beginning. It reminds me of my time in the Dominican, so my emotions were re-surfaced during Thayer’s events in the film.

Now, onto the technical aspect of the film, in one’s opinion, the angles seemed to linger without any quick cuts, mostly relaying real life. As we don’t really have quick changing camera angles in real life, unless there’s something physically wrong with

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