The story is set in a multiracial metropolis, Los Angeles, bothbeginning and ending with a car accident. But the movie director usecrash as title not only out of its literal meaning but also out of deep implication——the clash among different races and the collision of people’s heart.
Movie provides insight into the complex cause of racism, which is one of the most severe American social problems. We can find that as a kind of cultural phenomenon, racial discrimination is rooted in people’s mind. The settled impression of a certain nationality can influence people’s thoughts and behaviors. As a result, the white are fearful of the black; the black feel the intangible discrimination from the white; People from the Middle East are all extremists like Bin Laden, and the Chinese people are always tart and mean, Black people must be vulgar and violent……These stereotypes are strongly held by people and finally changed into prejudges which afflict themselves. With an offensive heart, people don’t trust the strangers from another race at all. Distrust pervades in the whole society; fear, anger and isolation occupy those who are under the suffering of racism. The truth is that everyone is the victim of racism, in turn they are to blame for strengthening it. In the movie, the Iranian shop owner was regarded as terrorist, but he also showed his contempt to the Mexican locksmith, and even nearly shot this innocent and kind worker. Just as Hemingway once said that no man is an island. When negative emotion and distrust are transmitted among citizens, all of them fall into the vicious cycle of racism.
The movie warns us of the consequences of racial discrimination. The most harmful is the social injustice. Under the unfair social environment, the black people have always been the disadvantaged group. They usually live in the bottom of society due to the insufficient of quality education. These workless people have no choice but to hijack pedestrians. As a result, the white are more afraid of them. For white policeman, they label the black people as criminals. Therefore, even if the young cop didn’t mean to kill his black passenger, he triggered the gun for self-defense. It is the mutual hatred and fear that leads to serious social contradictions.
The intense relationship between characters is based on misunderstand. There is a huge wall built with terror blocking their communication. The gloom reality makes everyone feel nothing but frustration and despair. Just like the white wife in the movie said that when she gets up every day she feels unhappy facing this inharmonious society.
How to broke this deadlock? One of the characters Mexican father gave us a perfect answer—Whenhis little girl hid in the bed in fear of the shell, he gently gave daughter an invisible cloak as her amulet, which was the crystal of paternal love. In this way, the great father protected daughter’s soft and pure heart and keep her hope towards the world. The father convey a message to us——people shouldput on the invisible cloak waved by love and trust rather than point to others with a defensive gun, which only can bringfurther suspension and hatred. However, the essentially kind young policeman didn’t trust his black passenger, considering black people were terrorists by instinct. But in fact, what in the black man’s hand, was not a gun at all ; it is just a sign of kindness——a cute statue of a saint.
After going through the whole movie, I finally find the final answer to addressing racism: choosing to trust the hand that reaches you in the first place, because in the hand inside there may be a flower for you.