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Spader stars as james ballard a bored film director who explores new realms after a near-fatal car accident introduces him to a world of sexually obsessed car crash enthusiasts. Also r rated 90 minutes. Studio: New Line Home Video Release Date: 11/17/1998 Starring: James Spader Holly Hunter Run time: 100 minutes Rating: Nc17 Director: David Cronenberg
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Based on the novel by J. G. Ballard, Crash was one of most controversial movies of the 1990's. Exploring the psyche of those who extract pleasure through risk and eroticism through automobile accidents. James and Catherine Ballard are a married couple whose sex life has been reduced to recounting tales of mutual infidelity to turn each other on. James is eventually involved in a car accident that leaves one man dead. After his long rehab he meets the other survivor of the crash Helen (Hunter). They soon realize that the accident was the biggest turn on of their lives. Helen introduces James to a group, led by Vaughn (Koteas) who share in their fetish. To up the ante the group engage in more and more dangerous accidents to heighten their own arousal.
Anyone familiar with director David Cronenberg's work should know what to expect from this movie, only here it seems that Cronenberg has license to go as far as possible with the message he was trying to get across about the human animal and our twisted psyche when it comes to what we find erotic. His experiment with Crash was met with much controversy at the time of it's initial release in 1996. While many will find the film repulsive and/or sick, I happen to find it a rather genius character study. A film that succeeds in challenging the viewer by showing them a different side of the human spirit and hopefully pointing out their own sick little perversions.Read more ›
This movie is not for everyone. There are a heavy amount of explicit sex scenes--and I only use the word explicit when I mean explicit. These scenes aren't porn. You watch these scenes, and they add to the mood. They add to a creepy, dirty feeling that's set on you from the beginning of the movie. And that's where Crash takes place...in the underworld. These scenes are done to enforce the mood. It's eerie. If there's one bad thing to say about Crash is that you'll go through over an hour and a half without hardly cracking a smile...and if you do, it's probably because the movie feels so good at parts that you just can't help yourself. This movie is far, far, far away from being trash. Everyone has their own opinion. Some opinions are just plain wrong.
Now with that said, I hate to say James Spader and Holly Hunter are wasted talents in this 'vehicle'. But it's Elias Koteas performance as 'Vaughn' that's the true impact. But somehow the movie is very disjointed as to how the characters know him, accept him, and don't question him at all. He knows all their dirty little secrets, and he in turn is their dirty little secret. A Charlie Manson that goes WAY over the line. Cheap thrills for some unforgettable bliss. A joy ride that can only go in one direction. Faster, and faster.
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I'm probably an odd case but I honestly think that "crash" is one of the very best films ever made. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Christina Brooks
One of the worst movies I've ever seen. No redeeming qualities whatsoever. What was Holly Hunter thinking? Trust me; leave this one behind. It's a pitiful excuse for a movie.Published on July 12 2004
Crash was three things: sick, slow, and unbearable. Sex and car crashes? SEX AND CAR CRASHES? This movie basically frightened me with its stupidity. Don't get me wrong. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by Lana Durbin
it is david cronenberg, far more than david lynch, who will go down as a brutal force in american cinematic surrealism. Read morePublished on July 10 2004 by ageofanxiety
David Cronenberg's interpretation of the novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard, this movie focuses on the lives and loves of a group of auto-crash victims. Read morePublished on June 28 2004 by Amy
i wont say this is smut, i WONT disagree that this is art (or meant to be art), but its not very good art. Read morePublished on May 10 2004 by basschicharrones
This film is insane, frightening, and disturbing - it brings a whole new meaning to "auto eroticism" - but it is also compelling. Read morePublished on May 8 2004 by Michael Bettine
I read J.G. Ballard's novel upon which this film is based. I am an avid reader of all sorts of novels and very open-minded, but this book put me off. Read morePublished on May 7 2004 by Orpharion
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