From the writer of "Million Dollar Baby" comes this racially charged ensemble piece, which follows numerous lives intersecting over a 36-hour period in the volatile melting pot of L.A. Opening with a car-jacking, a central event that connects most of the characters, Haggis' drama meditates on the levels of class conflict between cops, criminals, showbiz types, and various ethnic and racial groups. A bit preachy at times, but the cast is so uniformly strong and the characters so multi-layered, you won't care. Cheadle, as always, stands out, but even the ensemble's typically bland Hollywood actors (Bullock, Fraser, Phillippe) acquit themselves nicely.
CinemaNow, 4553 Glencoe Ave., Ste. 200, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, URL: http://www.cinemanow.com, Remarks: Formerly known as Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Available on DVD
Running time 100 minutes.
Originally from United States.
Oscars 2005: Film, Film Editing, Orig. Screenplay; British Acad. 2005: Orig. Screenplay, Support. Actress (Newton); Ind. Spirit 2006: First Feature, Support. Actor (Dillon); Natl. Bd. of Review 2005: Breakthrough Perf. (Howard); Screen Actors Guild 2005: Cast; Writers Guild 2005: Orig. Screenplay.
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