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Los Angeles provides the setting for writer/director Paul Haggis's finely tuned ensemble drama about interconnected lives, which was the surprise winner of the 2005 best picture Oscar. Like
, Haggis's film ambitiously weaves several narrative strands into a short time frame - in this case, just 36 hours. Here, as the title suggests, the characters are brought together by a series of violent collisions and close encounters. Among them are a racist cop (Matt Dillon), a TV director's highly strung wife (Thandie Newton), a detective dogged by serious family problems (Don Cheadle) and two car-jacking victims (Sandra Bullock and Brendan Fraser). Haggis and co-writer Bobby Moresco - who picked up an Academy Award for their screenplay - have created a raft of fully developed characters, linked by chance, criminal acts and simmering racial tensions. As events (both kind and cruel) unfold, even the most seasoned movie-goer will find something here to surprise - and shock.
The lives of a cultural cross-section of Los Angeles residents converge as a series of crashes and crimes occurs during a turbulent 36 hours in the city. Paul Haggis's directorial debut and Oscar-winning drama, starring Sandra Bullock, Matt Dillon, Don Cheadle, Thandie Newton and Brendan Fraser.
Cast & Crew
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges
Daniel Dae Kim
Violence, swearing and a sex scene.
DVD and Blu-ray
12 Aug 2005
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