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Running Time:
1 hour, 40 minutes

Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.

Rating Explanation:
for language, sexual content and some violence

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
An intense, exciting drama of racial and class divisions and police corruption that's both challenging, and unforgettable. It is definitely one of the year's best pictures.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: DVD introduction by director Paul Haggis; Crash behind th escenes; Commentary with Paul Haggis, Don Cheadle and Bobby Moresco; Widescreen version; 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital Audio; Trailers; English and Spanish Subtitles.

There are three stories that make up most of the film. In one, the L.A. district attorney (Brendan Fraser) and his socialite wife (Sandra Bullock), are carjacked by two jivin' black youths (Larenz Tate and Ludacris), there are the police officers (Don Cheadle) and his partner (Jennifer Esposito) investigating that crime as well as another one which overlaps into the second story. That one deals with a racist cop (Matt Dillon), his naïve young partner (Ryan Phillippe) and the black couple (Thandie Newton, Terrence Howard), who are pulled over and subjected to harassment that threatens their marriage. The third, but no less gripping, story involves a Persian storeowner (Shaun Toub), his small shop and an unlucky Mexican locksmith (Michael Peña) who finds himself the target of years of repressed anger, frustration and despair. Juggling all these characters and ensuring that their stories intertwine in a coherent fashion is no easy task, but director Paul Haggis (who wrote "Million Dollar Baby") pulls it all off beautifully. He manages to cram in scene after scene of extreme tension and anxiety, and ratchets up the conflict inch by inch until the audience is just waiting, eyes half-closed, for it to explode onscreen. I can’t recall any recent film that has done as excellent a job of putting its characters into situations where you really and truly cannot guess the outcome in advance. All of the actors are terrific. Cheadle and Toub are standouts, rapper Ludacris proves himself an engaging screen presence and Matt Dillon is alternately chilling and heartbreaking as a guy whose best intentions are often marred by his inner demons. But best of all, unexpectedly, is Sandra Bullock, who—in a single, brief, jaw-dropping scene reminds audiences that she really is good actress, which we may have all forgotten, or maybe even never realized. All together, this is undoubtedly the best American film so far this year.

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