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Brief Synopsis: "A handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations. Among the players are: the Caucasian district attorney, who uses race as a political card; his Caucasian wife, who, having recently been carjacked by two black men, believes that her stereotypical views of non-whites is justified and cannot be considered racism; the two black carjackers who use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; partnered Caucasian police constables, one who is a racist and uses his authority to harass non-whites, and the other who hates his partner because of those racist views, but who may have the same underlying values in his subconscious; a black film director and his black wife, who believes her husband doesn't support their black background enough."

Overall Ranking: 2058 (Rank from 2004: # 41)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 17.65%
Regular 47.06%
Half-Popped 17.65%
Stale 11.76%
Burnt 5.88%


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David Baruffi97
Sir M Hayes XIV90
Jim Carrier90
J Patterson80
Andrew Buckle of The Film Emporium80(full review)
Bryan Lienesch80 - A tough, raw story about the gaps in social statuses, racism, and the fears we admit to no one.
Dan O'Neill80(full review)
Nick Ledgerwood70
Ryan from Ten Stars Or Less70(full review)
Gorgon Reviews65.6
CinemaVisitor Erik65
Jay of Life Vs Film60(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest44 - Too contrived, and although the story is interestingly complex, the dialogue is sub-par and the characters are way too stereotypical. Huge disappointment.
(full review)
Khalid Rafi39(full review)
Annwyn S30
Lisa Marie Bowman25(full review)

People Involved

  • Sandra Bullock (Jean Cabot)
  • Don Cheadle (Det. Graham Waters)
  • Matt Dillon (Officer John Ryan)
  • Karina Arroyave (Elizabeth)
  • Dato Bakhtadze (Lucien)
  • Michael Peña (Daniel)
  • Loretta Devine (Shaniqua Johnson)
  • Jennifer Esposito (Ria)
  • Brendan Fraser (Rick Cabot)
  • Nona Gaye (Karen)
  • Ken Garito (Bruce)
  • Terrence Howard (Cameron Thayer)
  • Ludacris (Anthony)
  • Thandie Newton (Christine Thayer)
  • Yomi Perry (Maria)
  • Ashlyn Sanchez (Lara)
  • Marina Sirtis (Shereen)
  • Larenz Tate (Peter Waters)
  • Beverly Todd (Grahams Mother)
  • Shaun Toub (Farhad)
  • Kathleen York (Officer Johnson)
  • Alastair Douglas (Young Peter)
  • Nicholas George Stark (Jamal)
  • Art Chudabala (Ken Ho)
  • Sean Cory (Motorcycle Cop)
  • Tony Danza (Fred)
  • Keith David (Lt. Dixon)
  • Ime Etuk (Georgie)
  • Eddie J. Fernandez (Officer Gomez)
  • William Fichtner (Flanagan)
  • Howard Fong (Store Owner)
  • Billy Gallo (Officer Hill)
  • Glenn Taranto (Country DJ)
  • Daniel Dae Kim (Park)
  • Ryan Phillippe (Officer Tom Hansen)
  • Paul Haggis (Director)