A powerful and extraordinary film... undoubtedly one of the best films of the year. An unflinching look at the complexities of human conflict in America. A Brentwood housewife and her DA husband. A Persian store owner. Two police detectives who are also lovers. A black television director and his wife. A Mexican locksmith. Two car-jackers. A rookie Cop. A middle-aged Korean couple. They all live in L.A. and in the next 36 hours, they will all collide...
Grand Canyon Decaffinated
- Crash review by Mikey C
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You rated this film: 2
Maybe if it hadn't come lauded with praise and trophies I could have been more forgiving. However, this looks and feels like a limp-wristed remake of the seminal Grand canyon- a movie which expressed the same gulf of life experiences in people living geographically close but in wholly different worlds. Nothing in here matches the sheer horror of the scene in Grand Canyon where the mother realizes the bland insurance salesman at her door is trying to sell her a policy to cover the potential funeral expenses of her young child- on the basis that life is brief and brutal in her neighbourhood so you might as well prepare.
Characters lives cross over in to many pat and co-incidental ways, and too many fine actors get to do little but express a view point. We have characteristics, not characters.
Sandra Bullock is wasted, her epiphany almost an irrelevance. Don Cheadle's character is the most fleshed out but still suffers from an unsatisfying resolution of family issues. Brendan Fraser is amiable but comes across as a pallid retread of the complex and compromised character that Kevin Kline played in Grand Canyon.
Rent the better, earlier film- there's a terrific turn by Steve Martin who's character has become a 'not black enough' TV producer in this version.
Absolutely stunning. I was totally captivated throughout the entire film by the brilliant performances all round and the gritty realism of the story. Even Brendan Fraser carried off his role well! Essential viewing.
Given the number of characters in this gripping film, mostly played by well known skillful actors, a fault could be that the viewer simply doesn't get to know any of them that well. It feels a bit like it should be a 6 or 12 part drama which should return to the exploits of these loveable, and some quite unloveable persons each week. There's bits put in the film to deliberately tug at the heartstrings and make you question humanity... but why not. A great film, but whether it will be regarded as a classic in say 20 years time is questionable.
Superb look at Human Nature
- Crash review by ButteryHOLsomeness
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You rated this film: 4
This movie was hard to watch. The seething racism amongst a broad spectrum of the citizens of LA was nearly tangible. However, I quite respected the intricate plotline and the superb performances from some of the actors had me in awe. It's a rare thing in Holywood these days to have a film that looks at something as touchy as racism from ALL angles. This movie wasn't sugar coated and it's wild twisting plot isn't as transperant as most of Holywood's offerings, in fact a few bits took me completely by surprise which is rare but definately welcomed. Whilst I won't rush out to watch this again (too painful) I would certainly hope that it receives a few Oscar awards.