‘Crash’ Movie Characters

The "Crash" movie characters are some of the most memorable characters on the big screen. "Crash" is a films that forces the audience to look at themselves and reflect. This film presents racial differences in comedic, dramatized and sometimes tragic ways. Because of this, the "Crash" movie characters had to stand out. And that, they do. Every "Crash" movie character is in some way connected to the next, making for an extremely complex yet enjoyable storyline. But which "Crash" movie characters stand out the most? Though all of the "Crash" movie characters have their respective importance in the film, these particular characters are the anchors of the film.

  1. Jean Cabot (Sandra Bullock) Why is she important in the film? Jean represents racism as a form of personal protection. Her character is brutally robbed at gunpoint by two black men. Because of this, she develops a prejudice against all people of color. Many people in the real world go through similar situations–one bad experience with a person outside your race and you'll hold it against everyone.
  2. Graham Waters (Don Cheadle) Graham represents internal racism and distancing yourself from your own people. Throughout the film he makes jokes and smart remarks about black people. He even disrespects his mother by telling her he's having sex with white women. He even goes so far as to label his own brother as a two-bit criminal because society says he is. Graham stands as a warning for all people that perpetuate negative stereotypes against their own.
  3. Cameron Thayer (Terrence Howard) Cameron represents the struggle people have holding on to their racial identities while striving to be successful in society. He battles with people inside and outside his racial demographic just to be himself. When he attempts to do the things he wants out of life, external influences quickly push him back into a singular category.
  4. Daniel (Michael Pena) Daniel is one of the truly good-hearted characters in the film. He's a hard worker and the provider for his family, but he has to deal with racist outsiders trying to put him in a box. Jean Cabot accuses him of being a thief and a gangbanger because of his tattoos. Another guy even threatens his life and his daughter's life for similar reasons. All Daniel wants is to provide for his family. A symbol of societal pressure in the form of a bullet threatens to destroy his world–an irate guy shoots Daniel's daughter; luckily, the bullet was a blank.
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