Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Crash is About Racism
It didn't hit me until the credits were rolling and I realized I couldn't pronounce 10% of the names. (Oh, you, Michael Peña! Your demented "n" above the "n" blew my mind.)
See, being as unracist and equal-opportunity as I am, I never even noticed the multi-racial cast since everyone non-Asian looks the same to me. If it weren't for the credits, all the color just would've whizzed me by.
I really should've noticed it just by the title, though. See, there was never any crash depicted on-screen. I was waiting for it the whole time, only to be quarter-satisfied by some weak off-screen car wreck that was non-essential to the plot. (Hell, the whole plot was non-essential to the plot, but that, of course, is just another reflection of racism in society.)
Then I thought to myself... "If Mr. Haggis wants me to look for crashes, where would I look?" And then it hit me. "Crashes happen in races!"
The title wasn't just an arbitrary term tacked on because a film called Racism would never sell. Crashes happen in races. Now, that's symbolism.
The message is so subtlely laid out throughout the film that if you replaced the entire cast with white people, it would've just been a non-sensical mish-mash of characters and circumstance. Instead, it's a non-sensiscal mish-mash of characters and circumstance with different ethnicities. Just like life! My horizons are broadening already.
Thanks to the realizations this movie have taught me, I now know that white people are ignorant, Persians love guns and shoot people, black people either steal cars or pick fights with white policemen, Hispanics love family, and Asians are completely invisible.
Crash is a landmark film on racism and the world, in general. It's just a shame that, because of his artistry, so few people got the message.