The film “Crash” is an action-drama from 2004. The lives of a racially different groups of L.A. are affected by prejudice and stereotypes as they come together and are torn apart by a link of events leading back to a ”normal” carjacking. Those affected include a police detective (Don Cheadle), the wife of the district attorney (Sandra Bullock), and the carjackers themselves.

The story begins when several people are involved in a multi-car accident. From that point, we are taken back to the day before the crash, seeing the lives of several characters, and the problems each encounters during that day. A socialite (Sandra Bullock) and District Attorney (Brandon Fraser) are carjacked at gunpoint by two black teenagers. Sandra takes out her anger on a Mexican locksmith who is changing the door locks to their home. Later that night, the locksmith is again robbed of his dignity by a Persian storeowner. Many of the characters switch from being bad-person-to-hero in ways that may surprise you.

How “Crash” is relevant for the English subject:
The film describes a salad bowl in the way that the people live separately, and are not melted together. The film is set in Los Angeles, a city with a cultural mix of every nationality. About American society, the film tell me that there are many different nations and they have trouble accepting each other. There are big differences between black and white people. The different groups isolate themselves from other groups. Crash has many stereotypes and prejudices. Examples are that the black people were stereotyped as poor and criminal, while the white people were uptight and rich. When we saw this film, we were working with USA and different cultures. From this film we leraned a lot about the ethnic groups in the American society, and how they work in the American society. We also learned that many have prejudices.