Owen Gleiberman
April 04, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

Crash (Movie - 1997)

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
performer
Rosanna Arquette, Holly Hunter, J.G. Ballard, Elias Koteas, James Spader, Deborah Kara Unger
director
David Cronenberg
genre
Drama, Erotic

We gave it an C-

For a movie obsessed with the connection between sexual intercourse and car accidents, David Cronenberg’s ”shocking” mood piece could hardly be more stationary. The characters sit in cars, seduce each other in cars, and stare, as if hypnotized, at films of cars. And what, exactly, are they obsessed with? Death? Mutilation? The thrill of black vinyl seat covers? Adapted from J.G. Ballard’s 1973 novel, Crash unfolds as a series of cryptic art-porn postures. Cronenberg reduces his actors to glazed auto-erotomatons. In the end, the film’s folly is that there simply is no link between eroticism and car crashes. C-

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