It's both! Which I know sounds strange, but the movie is filled with so many shades of gray, you are never quite sure where it is actually coming from.Originally Posted by Warhol
Every character is both good and bad, evil and good (some may say, evidencing lapsed transcendentalism), violent and peaceful, cowardly and brave, etc. Just when you think you are listening to a preachy dialogue on the oppression of young African Americans, those same young men commit a thoughtless and violent act. As soon as you think you have nailed Sandra Bullock's character as a rich, white snob, she redeems herself with her Latina housekeeper. And, more interestingly, right after you begin to truly sympathize with Don Cheadle's character, he comes out with one of the most racist jokes ever to make it to the big screen.
It is both a bold statement and subtle examination of this thing called "race." In this movie, race comes off as a construction on the one hand. Some of the characters are not who they should be according to their skin color or ethnic background and other characters resent them for this seeming inauthenticity. This notion is part of the dialogue that needs to be had in this country about what is intrinsic to a person. However, in the movie, race also comes off as a burden and an inevitable cause for victimization. This is where it gets its most heavy handed, but I am not comfortable saying it is wrong.
So, to answer your question Warhol: I don't know. This movie does not have answers. It begins as it finishes...in desperation and anger. An open mind is definitely required for your viewing pleasure.