|The Crash DVD cover.|
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I do not think that this movie has accurate depictions of minorities, but rather accurate depictions of stereotypes. For example, the Asian woman could not drive, the African-Americans stole a car, the Caucasian police officer felt up an African-American woman, and the list goes on. The depictions of the stereotypes that we, as humans, have towards each other was so well thought out and so well connected that the flow of this movie was great. I think that Paul Haggis did a great job in finding a way to depict all of the discrimination, but in a way that was not seen as negative towards anyone group of people. The depictions of the stereotypes (racial, religious, socioeconomic, and so on) are so well illustrated in this movie that it is hard to believe that this is happening in the 21st century.
I do not think that Paul Haggis' background played a role in directing this movie, but rather it gave him more motivation to prove things wrong. I feel that because of Haggis' background, he might possibly know first hand all of the stereotypes that Caucasians have towards other minorities; so to see a movie portraying many of these stereotypes is unreal. I feel as though many people cannot see how this movie is accurate, but I come from a big city where there were always a wide variety of cultures. Coming from this town, I have seen discrimination, I have seen racial profiling, I have seen a lot and this movie remind me of a lot of the things I have seen. The director's background, I feel, does not have any effect on what was shown because of the truthfulness behind each image that was presented throughout this film.
I feel as though any group of people, besides Caucasians, who view this movie will be offended. This is because no matter how the racism is spun, no matter how the hatred toward others is sugar coated, there will be a point where it is too much. I felt as I was watching this movie, that it was hard to sit and bear everything that I was seeing. To see everything that was happening in this movie, it was almost too much for me to handle. This movie invoked such a strong feeling in me, that if I were a minority watching this movie, I would feel 10 times more strong towards what was being depicted. For example, when the Causcasian police officer went in to save the African-American woman he had felt up previously and there was tension, it was in a way set straight because he was able to redeem himself of what he had previously done to harm her. This was a strong scene because the racism was set aside, the tension was put on the back burner, everything that was in the past stayed there. This was the first step in "overcoming" the racial profiling.
Having such strong images throughout the movie, added so much to my visual literacy. When I saw scenes of ethnical problems, I wanted to fix everything that was wrong in these scenes. After learning about all the visuals of people that we see in an everyday life, the police officers, the business men, and those that are not as high up as those previously stated and seeing them depicted in a negative way was something that needed to be done. Not every person is unbiased when we look into our everyday life. The visuals that were shown in this movie were ones that depicted our society in a very accurate way, but did not have much to do with things I learned in our class, other than how the strength of an image can play with many different emotions in a person's mind.
After everything that I have seen in this movie, there were so many things that Paul Haggis did to keep our interest in this movie. I think one of the most powerful things he did was that he made this movie so realistic, that it was almost to hard to watch. All of the things that were said and done in this film made me want to keep watching so that I did not miss any minor details. I think that the realism in this entire movie was one that I found so unbelieveable because it hits so many cords with lots of groups of people. The subjectivity of this movie, the amount of truth behind everything said, the depicted scenes were almost unfathomable because of the position Paul Haggis took on this topic.
"It's the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something." -Opening lines of Crash