Muneer BawayehEnglish 150 For Every Action There Is A Reaction “Crash’’ is a movie that brings out several stereotypes. The main characters are all different races. There are Blacks, Whites, Persians, Mexicans, and Asians. The entire movie shows several aspects of causes and effects. The car crashes, robberies, and shootings, bring the characters together. By the end of the movie, all of the characters reveal their prejudices. This movie also shows how much tension there is between races and how distant we are from each other as human beings.
We tend to forget that we are all human beings and we need to treat people fairly regardless of race. There are several parts in the movie that made me think about the racism and why so many people use stereotypes to judge people. Officer Ryan is a cop in Los Angeles. He deals with people of all races on the job. After speaking with an HMO clerk (demanding a doctor to treat his father’s urinary tract infection) it does not go as planned. He remembers the argument he had with her and later that night he pulls over a black couple. The fact that she is black causes him to pull over the black couple in spite of his frustration.
He pulls over a suspicious car after a call comes in about a stolen car which matches the description of Cameron’s Navigator. He does not have probable cause to pull the couple over but does so anyway and sexually abuses Christine. Cameron did not want to get arrested, so he did not say anything to Officer Ryan. An effect of this situation makes Christine and Cameron not speak to each other for a while throughout the movie. Another effect of the traffic stop is Officer Ryan’s partner; Officer Hanson shows sympathy on Cameron after he gets pulled over by several cops later in the movie.
Hanson felt really guilty when Officer Ryan pulled the couple over, despite not doing anything when Christine was abused. This whole traffic stop scene relates to “For every action, there is a reaction” because Officer Ryan will come down harder on black people. Rick is the District Attorney in Los Angeles. His wife Jean is a racist towards all races except her own. In the beginning of the movie, they are victims of a robbery. Anthony and Peter are two black friends who are always arguing about stereotypes throughout the movie.
They both saw Jean grab a hold of Rick’s arm and it caused Anthony to get frustrated with the fact that she assumed they were the typical black guys who will mug them. If she did not show that she was scared, none of this would have happened. He reacted by getting angry and carjacking the couple. The carjacking caused her to be racist throughout the movie. Later that night, the locks on the doors are getting changed by Daniel who is Hispanic just like their housekeeper. Jean is very stereotypical because of Daniel’s appearance. She overreacted about the lock situation.
She demands to her husband that the locks be changed in the morning because she is fearful that Daniel is going to break in. Later on in the movie, Jean slips and tumbles down the stairs. She calls her husband and her friend and neither of them can come take care of her in bed. The housekeeper who is Hispanic takes care of her and she tells her how good of a friend she is. Jean must now feel bad for all the things she has said about other races. When Anthony is riding on the bus, he sees the Chinese man’s van with the keys still inside. He takes it to the chop shop to see if he can get any money for it.
He later discovers that there are several immigrants in the back of the van. Instead of selling them to the chop shop owner, he releases them in an Asian marketplace. He probably felt bad for the guy who they ran over in the beginning and as a result he set them free. As a result of racism, Farhad’s store is robbed. He is worried that it will happen again so he purchases a gun from a local gun store. He engages in an argument with the clerk, and the daughter steps in demanding that she wants a box of ammunition. Later on, Farhad’s store is robbed and he blames it on Daniel who claims he fixed the lock.
The robbery caused Farhad to react in a violent manner however, no one is killed in the shooting in front of Daniel’s house Elizabeth jumping in front of the blank bullet, made Farhad think he had a guardian angel watching over him. He finally finds out what kind of person he is and peace is brought to his life. When Officer Hanson is driving home, he sees Peter hitchhiking. He picks him up and they engage in a friendly conversation at first. Peter has the same religious figure that Officer Hanson has on the dashboard. Officer Hanson thinks Peter is laughing at him.
He overreacts and orders him out of the car. The fact the Peter laughed caused Hanson to start an argument and it later leads to Peter getting shot after he fails to listen to Hanson’s orders. Hanson felt threatened and scared of what Peter had in his pocket even before he saw it. A result of all this is Peter getting framed. Overall, the movie “Crash’’ is a movie that brings out several prejudices. It shows how many people use stereotypes. The movie showed several phases of cause and effect. All the characters are either racist or victims of racism. It taught them to be free of prejudices and stereotypes.