Justin Moss

TV Review: “Crash”

Posted on: October 22, 2008

Based on Paul Haggis’ movie of the same name, this show stars Dennis Hopping leading a troop of fresh faces.  This show had big shoes to fill, with Haggis’ original movie scoring an academy award long after I was impressed by it as a surprise DVD rental (who knew it would reach DVD before a punt at the Oscar).

Do yourself a favour and don’t attempt to compare it with the movie – it really only shares a loose relationship in the form location, complexity of the the characters and the style of plot.  If not for the identical “Crash” logo, it might as well be titled something else.  Still, where it is similar is the script and screenplay, often ducking and weaving ensuring that you work til the very end of each episode.

There’s some talk that Haggis pulled out as Producer after the first two episodes.  Having seen only the first two episodes, I can only hope his influence persists for the whole season.

Links: The Seattle Times review | IMDB | EW | Starz

Update: Episodes 4-9 seem to wane somewhat, perhaps related to the firey relationship with Inez taking a desperate turn.  However Epsidoes 10-12 are back ‘on song’ though curiously they seem to have dropped the blur-o-vision that was so heavily employed in the first few epsidoes – as much as I disliked its overuse, I kinda miss it 🙂  (ironically, it added a texture to it).

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