This film garnered some criticism for its somewhat unrealistic plotting. While there is some credence to be lent to this (some of the coincidences in this movie are fantastical to say the least), this must be set aside when you watch this movie. This is an obvious passion piece by writer/director Paul Haggis, so the overall message in this movie is the important thing, not the circumstances in the film which serve to illustrate Mr. Haggis's point. Sure, its kinda heavy-handed in delivering its message and sure, its not entirely realistic, but if you let these things go and sit back and enjoy the film, you will be rewarded. With a film this heavy handed in its message, the audience often feels bludgeoned with the point (see: Natural Born Killers), but not here. The entire (all-star) cast puts forth a fantastic effort, making this film a joy to watch. Who knew Ludacris is a much better actor than he is a Rhymer? He acts brilliantly in this film. (Notice I didn't end this statement with 'for a rapper'). I'm not a fan of Luda's music, but I've got to hand it to him, he did a great job. Another standout performace comes from Matt Dillon. His portrail of a racist LA cop is staggering; first you hate him violently, then you slowly begin to sympathize with him after seeing him at his worst. This film doesn't get five stars, because it is unavoidably flawed in its storytelling, but it makes up for this shortfall in many other areas. I hate to agree with Oprah, but this is a must-see. Not perfect, but very good.