The movie “Crash” directed and written by Paul Haggis highlights different interlinked occurrences regarding racism as well as the socioeconomic conditions of the various characters. The film shows how individuals encounter real-life situations and further stipulates how they deal with stereotypes and injustices that influence the community by sourcing an allotment of traditions, disrespect to human and civil privileges and an illustration of how racism can affect ethical, economic and cultural suffering. This paper will focus on the diverse cinematic elements used throughout the movie and provides a meaningful assessment of the different methods and constituents that were used in producing a compelling and powerful film.
The theme of the film is attached to different aspects of discrimination. The central all-encompassing theme in the movie is racism. One of the characters, the white cop, whose father’s business had flopped because of affirmative action, seems to be angered by African-Americans. Another young carjacker who is African-American bursts the confrontational expression of Black Power used in the 1970s. The movie also depicts the theme of stereotyping. For example, the DA’s white wife asserts that the locksmith was a gangster based on his ethnic background. The director who is African-American and his fiancée have a higher class of education and income even as one of the police officers who are African-American seems to have been employed in a common occupation while his mother is addicted to drugs and his brother a known criminal. The stereotyping elucidated in the film is in opposition to each other and is perceived as the inaccurate credence regarding other individuals, especially about the different races.
Each character used in creating the film “Crash” added to its cinematic nature. The actors in the movie “Crash” are celebrities and characters who are well known. These individuals deviously carried the movie with their dramatic ability and impressive acts. The realism illustrated by the characters brought to life their temperament, and regardless of the insecure and vulnerable themes, they were able to get each character to life and provide them with separate and exclusive traits. The sound used in the film employed a modern conversation and promoted each scene from a contemporary perception. Whenever the characters needed slang words, it seemed to be used in a way that trained the audience in narrating and comprehending, for example, the conversation of the two car- thieves who were black as they spoke to one another using the unpleasant word “nigger.” The hip hop music and country western that was played by the two thieves are essential to the movie because they illustrate how music can be used in describing racial inclinations and emphasizing the different stereotypes. The music that is significant to the soundtrack of the film is played at different instances that are essential to the scene.
The film starts with car headlights shots that are out of focus that were useful in setting up the audience in seeing that the characters do not appear and lose spotlight all through the film. The type of cinematography regarding the predominance of the film is fragile since the director decided to focus on rare feelings and close-ups on the actor’s faces and expressions. The film has few instances where a particular action is essential to have; nevertheless, the scenes lack activity thus making it stable with the entire plot. This allowed the different illustrations and stereotypes of characters to be further pronounced, and even though several stereotypes were entirely decorated as connected to the present, the entailed realism was real and fondly overpowering. “Crash” has few different lighting elements and special effects that influence the sense and appearance of the film. The movie has individual moments of low-key lighting, and most of the scenes are created with the urban panorama of contemporary Los Angeles.
Crash interestingly addresses certain stereotypes, while creating a way of thinking that provokes specific components aimed at generating art in the form of cinema. As a result, the movie addresses racism and prejudice in society. Apart from cinematic elements applied in the film including sound, location, lighting, editing, soundtrack, and the acting, the film has traverse storylines that discreetly allow the audience to take a better look into their covert discriminations.