Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Crash (film plot)

Crash is a 2004 American drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Paul Haggis. The film is about racial and social tensions in Los Angeles. A self-described "passion piece" for Haggis, Crash was inspired by a real-life incident in which his Porsche was carjacked outside a video store on Wilshire Boulevard in 1991. It won three Oscars for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing of 2005 at the 78th Academy Awards.
Several characters' stories interweave during two days in Los Angeles; a LAPD detective estranged from his mother, his criminal younger brother and gang associate, the white District Attorney and his irritated and pampered wife, a racist cop who disgusts his more idealistic younger partner, a Hollywood director and his wife who must deal with the said cop, a Persian-immigrant father who is wary of others and a Hispanic locksmith and his young daughter.
PLOT_ Set in Los Angeles, the film opens following a car accident involving detective, Graham Waters (Don Cheadle), Ria (Jennifer Esposito), his partner, and Kim Lee. As Ria and Kim Lee exchange racial insults, Waters gets out of the car and investigates the crime scene which had indirectly caused the accident after identifying himself as a detective to the officer in charge. Waters sees the victim's shoe lying on the ground and then stares at something off screen which horrifies him. Two days prior, a Persian man, Farhad (Shaun Toub), and his daughter Dorri (Bahar Soomekh) are buying a gun, but the shop's owner refuses to sell to them due to their race. Ultimately, an infuriated Farhad is escorted outside. Dorri completes the purchase and chooses an unspecified type of ammunition, while enduring verbal sexist harassment from the shop owner.
In another part of town, Rick Cabot (Brendan Fraser), the local district attorney, and his wife, Jean (Sandra Bullock) are carjacked by Anthony (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges) and Peter (Larenz Tate). Detectives Waters and Ria arrive on the scene of a shooting between two drivers outside of a store. The surviving shooter is a white male identified as an undercover police officer. The detectives learn that the dead shooter, a black male was also a police officer. Afterwards, at the Cabot house, Daniel Ruiz, a Hispanic locksmith (Michael Peña) is changing the locks. He overhears Jean, who is frustrated having felt nervous about the two black men but refrained from saying anything to avoid appearing racist. She instructs Rick to hire another locksmith in the morning, believing Daniel to be a gang member.
LAPD Officer John Ryan (Matt Dillon) and his partner, Tom Hansen (Ryan Phillippe) begin their evening patrol. They pull over a Navigator similar to the one carjacked earlier, despite discrepancies in the descriptions...
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org

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