Much of this L.A.-stories portmanteau about the suffocating embrace of racism is hard to watch, harder still to listen to. Its characters -- the creations of director/co-writer Paul Haggis but also of people who live next door and perhaps even inside of you -- say and do things they shouldn't. Theirs are internal monologues shouted over bullhorns lines peppered with epithets and soaked in the greasy sweat of hatred for anyone who gets in the way. No one is safe, and no one is too innocent or too guilty not the cops (Don Cheadle, Jennifer Esposito, Matt Dillon, Ryan Phillippe), the Middle Eastern shopkeeper (Shaun Toub), the Hispanic locksmith (Michael Pena), the black carjackers (Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Larenz Tate), the middle-class couple (Terrence Howard and Thandie Newton), or anyone with whom they cross paths. In this remarkable and important film, tragedy befalls those nearing redemption while it gently passes over those who have gone out of their way to meet a bad end. It allows for people to evolve, to learn from their mistakes, and does so without proselytizing.
Director: Paul Haggis
Writer: Paul Haggis and Robert Moresco
Producer: Cathy Schulman, Tom Nunan, Bob Yari, Mark R Harris, Don Cheadle, Paul Haggis and Robert More
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Don Cheadle, Matt Dillon, Jennifer Esposito, William Fichtner, Brendan Fraser, Terrence Dashon Howard, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Thandie Newton and Ryan Phillippe