When Paul Haggis is involved in a movie (In the Valley of Elah, Quantum of Solace, Flags of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima, Million Dollar Baby, Casino Royale), it is damn good. Though his resume is fantastic, he never made a movie of his own that was as widely viewed as it was until 2006, when he released Crash. His true masterpiece, Crash is a compelling and great movie, and deserved the Oscar it got for Best Picture.
Crash is the story of multiple Los Angeles residents that are battling racism and all of their two-sided personalities. The cast is amazing, Brendan Fraser and Sandra Bullock having a well-acted failing marriage, Don Cheadle as a cop who is looking for his brother, Matt Dillon and Ryan Phillippe as two cops who have their good and their bad sides, Terence Howard with Thandie Newton as a marriage who was happy until a cop incident, and many other characters all connected to each other in one way or another. The film truly captured the essence of human behavior.
Best Aspects of this film were the great direction, great writing, and amazing acting.
Bottom Line: A. Great film that deserved all that it got (which was the Oscar for Best Picture 2004).