Monday, March 06, 2006

So 'Crash' wins 'Best Picture'

[spoiler warning]

So Crash, one of the most philosophically objectionable movies that I've seen in a long time, won yesterday's coveted Academy Award for "Best Picture." Crash has two major themes: everyone is a racist but doesn't know it, and no one is a hero, even if they perform heroic acts.

For example, when the policeman character played by Ryan Phillpe (after redeeming his earlier moral failure to act) kills the gang-banging hijacker--who was pulling out a religious trinket instead of a handgun: that was vicious depiction that intoned that our perceptions are fatally flawed. When the detective character played by Don Cheadle is blamed for his gang-banging brother's death by his strung out mother--that was vicious setup too, intoning that the innocent are morally responsible for the fate of the guilty.

Every part of Crash--every one of its intricate plot threads-was dedicated to portraying that mankind barely survives in the face of his omnipresent flawed mind. Yet if life were really like that, day in, day out, no matter what one does or how hard they strive to be just, we'd be paralyzed and forever rioting in the streets in endless spasms of revenge and retribution.

So what if Crash was stylishly filmed and well-acted. All of it was in order to communicate an utterly corrupt Marxist view of how people think. The Marxist theory of racial conflict is that the races are utterly subjugated by the dominant race's power and there's nothing anyone can do about it save for blow things up. Why? Because we are all blinded by of our racial compositions--none of us can never hope to see beyond our myriad of prejudices.

So much for the view that the rational faculty is man's only tool for survival. According to Crash, there is so such thing.

And from all this you get spectacles like when the movie cast made a guest appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show and members of the audience asked a black studies professor if they were racists. If you actually have to ask someone if your everyday contempt for people of a different race actually makes you a bigot, you have just achieved a new low in mental acuity.

The fact is each of us does have a free choice when dealing with others. We can either choose to judge people by relevant criteria, or by irrelevant criteria. We can either find a common bond with others, or reject any commonality that exists. This is a conscious choice each of us makes. It may get automatized over time, but somewhere, each of us makes a deliberate decision that will shape our destiny: we either choose to think, or not to think.

Yet in Crash, we are all just victims of unconscious fate--a product of a racial composition we have no control over and utterly paralyzed by the fact we have judge and act.

Wicked. Where Jarhead sought merely to smear the United States Marine Corps, Crash seeks to smear all of the United States.

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