James (James Spader) is a man who works in the film industry as a TV director. James and his wife Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger) enjoy having wild and open relationships, which they often reveal to each other. One day, while James is driving, he becomes distracted, which causes him to fumble and drive into the wrong lane, causing a horrific car accident that even takes another person’s life. James ends up in the hospital and recovers in due time. But what he soon discovers is a secret group of people who are also car-crash victims. These people feel car accidents are a way of creating strange yet exciting sexual energy, and it’s not long until James gets involved and wants to learn more. The question is, how far is James willing to go with this new group?
Crash is best described as a drama with moments of mystery and thrills. It’s an odd movie, unlike anything I’ve seen or experienced, with many moments that will make viewers feel extremely uncomfortable. This discomfort may be related to the high volume of tension, the violent car accidents, or the extreme level of sex scenes, which I felt was unnecessary. The film itself is not an easy watch, and it’s certainly not made for those who love fast cars.
The performances here are fine, including from lead James Spader. What is shown on screen would not be easy for the actors to perform. Crash is the kind of film where viewers won’t necessarily understand why characters are doing what they are doing, nor are the characters likeable. These factors could make this a frustrating watch for some. In the end, the director wants the audience to strap in for the joy ride with no questions asked.
Overall, it’s fairly evident that Crash isn’t made for car lovers, but I’m stumped to say who this film is best suited for. It’s a strange, highly bizarre, and unsettling drama film consisting of many unsettling scenes and unlikeable characters who are nearly impossible to understand and grasp. This is generally not my kind of film, and I’m confident I’m not alone here. Upon my first watch, I found myself looking away multiple times due to the extreme violence and the extreme level of sex scenes. There’s a reason why the film is rated for adults. There’s never been a film like Crash before, and I’m processing whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.