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...
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.
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Intricate plot, brilliant acting; a city on the edge
- Crash review by DA
Wow! This is a portrayal of racism fuelled by stress and ignorance and anger. There is a large cast of characters (and you need to watch it twice to realise all the little details) and an intricate plot. In almost every character story arc both good and bad was displayed; some of the worst characters found redemption. There were some wonderful moments and some moments when I dreaded what was coming next. Every aspect of humanity seemed to be on display. And the interweaving of the stories kept me on the edge all of the time.
Superb acting by almost every member of the cast means that this is a film well deserving its Oscar.