In light of its surprise win for Best Picture, I will once again run my mini-review of Crash in my list of Best Movies of 2005, which I ran in early January. Click here for the full list (I should update it having seen many of the other films I had not yet seen when compiling the list- especially Matchpoint).
I still stand by my assessment of this film which attempts Magnolia like grandeur, but fails, ending up like 13 Conversations About 1 Thing, which is better than average, but not in the realm of the masterful multi-storyline it shoots for. It is ironic that in a year in which the great Robert Altman (top 5 directors EVER) in finally honored with a Honorary Oscar (when he should have won at least 3 real director awards), a film which completely copies his style (made popular in Nashville and Short Cuts) wins an award which alluded him so often.
Anyway, here is the review from earlier...
Crash is a grand failure. It is grand in scope and grasped importance (like a Bush presidency or the film Apocalypse Now), but it fails in a number of ways, including length (too short for proper character and plot development), character development (many characters have no consistency or act in ways which contradict the film's set up). It is well acted (for the most part, though the performances are uneven- thumbs up to Dillon and Cheadle/ thumbs down to Bullock) and elicits great discussion, even if some of its own answers are too pat.
I can give a more indepth review and criticism if this makes no sense.