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Movie Review: Crash

Alternate Title: Six Degrees of Racist Separation

Story: Mea culpa! I have no idea what took me so long to see this terrific and compelling film (apologies to the Lobo readers who have been telling me to see it). Perhaps it was in the marketing - who knows? But don't let this cinematic diamond leave your town before you see it.

Writer, producer and first time director Paul Haggis (wrote Million Dollar Baby) scores big with an ensemble cast in fast moving film. It is about a collision of ideology, culture, class and race. No one is spared the sharp writing pen of Haggis. It is present day Los Angeles with its melting pot of characters. We have Asians, Middle Easterners, Latinos, Blacks and whites all on a collision course as their lives collide and intersect. No one is the stereotype they seem. Every character has layers and as the film unfolds we get more and more involved with each one.

Run (but don't crash into anyone) to catch this memorable film. It is funny, poignant, truthful and well done.

Acting: Everyone is terrific. Special kudos to the always sincere Don Cheadle. Matt Dillon performs better than I have seen him in a long time. Ludacris, Thandie Newton, Terrance Dashon Howard, Sandra Bullock, Brendan Fraser, Ryan Phillippe and Jennifer Esposito all added to this fine film.

Predilection: None.

Food: Don't remember much in the way of food. There was some stale milk.

Soundtrack: Music by Mark Isham was great.

Theater Audience: A few lucky viewers and me.

Squirm Scale: There are some tense moments that I found borderline squirmy.

Drift Factor: Not for a second.

Predictability Level: I gave up trying to figure out what was going to happen and just sat back and let the film unfold.

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Soap Box: Why can't we all just get along?

Nit Picking: No nits in this fine film.

Big Screen or Rental: Go for the big screen. For some of Don Cheadle's other films, try renting: Hotel Rwanda, The United States of Leland, Ocean's Eleven, Traffic, Out of Sight, Bulworth, Boogie Nights and Devil in a Blue Dress.

Length:Under two hours.