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So We Can Feel Something

So We Can Feel Something

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Published by: Reese Margaret Jean Vedbraaten on Nov 04, 2011
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Vedbraaten 1 Reese Vedbraaten Kurt Reynolds College Comp II Crash Essay So We Can Feel Something In his book, Everything

Bad is Good for You, Steven Johnson argues that video complexity makes us smarter. He says that, “By each crucial measure of complexity - how many narrative threads you‟re forced to follow, how much background information you need to interpret on the fly – Lord of the Rings is several times more challenging than Star Wars.” Crash is quite the same way, as it is thread over thread over thread of plots and even has a full page of characters. In the movie Crash, the first dialogue we hear comes from Detective Graham Waters, “It's the sense of touch. In any real city, you walk, you know? You brush past people, people bump into you. In L.A., nobody touches you. We're always behind this metal and glass. I think we miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something.” This quote stayed with me throughout the movie and helped me understand some of the character‟s motives. While watching, I decided to start by analyzing Cameron Thayer and then go into how he crashes into his wife, Christine Thayer. I then followed how they crash into Officer John Ryan and Officer Tommy Hansen. Cameron Thayer is a film consultant; He works very hard at his job, but is constantly on the end of racist jokes. As a black man, with a successful job, thriving in L.A, he lives a very „white‟ life. When he gets into a fight with his wife, Christine, she butts back at him saying that the closest thing he‟s ever done „being black‟ was watch The Cosby Show.

Vedbraaten 2 One night, when driving home from an award ceremony, Cameron and his wife Christine get pulled over by Officers John Ryan and Tommy Hansen. Officer Ryan slowly searches Christine, gropes her, and pulls up part of her dress. Cameron – afraid of getting arrested, and having it make news – doesn‟t say much and watches as Ryan assaults his wife. Officer Tommy watches appalled, and later pleads with his boss to be assigned to a different squad car - away from Officer Ryan. Later in the movie, Christine crashes her car so badly that it is flipped over and she‟s stuck. Guess who comes to her rescue? - Officer Ryan, the same officer that assaulted her earlier in the film. When she recognizes the officer as Ryan, she freaks out and won‟t let him touch her. The car starts on fire and he gets pulled out to safety, but he breaks back in, pulling her out and saving her life. Cameron Thayer also crashes into Officer Tommy Hansen again later in the movie. Cameron‟s had a very, very bad day. He‟s already had a fight with his wife when two men, (Anthony and Peter) attack him, trying to steal his car. He gets into a fight with both of them, even though they have guns. He ends up stealing Peter‟s gun and speeding the car away, with Anthony still in it. The squadron Officer Tommy now belongs to, pulls them over and has him get out of the car. Officer Tommy recognizes him from the night before – tries to do the right thing - and has the other officers lower their guns, so he can leave in peace. In Conclusion, Cameron Thayer, his wife Christine, Officer John Ryan, and Officer Tommy Hansen crash into each other several times throughout the movie. It really shows us that it is a small world after all, isn‟t it? - Or maybe, we just “miss that touch so much, that we crash into each other, just so we can feel something.”

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