Tried and convicted, Derek is sent away for three years in prison, where he acquires a different outlook as he contrasts white-power prisoners with black Lamont Guy Torryhis prison laundry co-worker and eventual pal.
Was this review helpful? The root of the problem probably lies in the conception. But all this seems to provide, at most, an emotional response to the earlier scenes. Rated R "for graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity.
My main reason for wanting to watch this movie in the first place was to understand better how an extremist hatemonger could change. R for graphic brutal violence including rape, pervasive language, strong sexuality and nudity Genre: Aside from his relationship with Dr.
A compelling and provocative story led by an excellent performance by Edward Norton.
It uses a device more common in literature than in the movies: For example, how does his harping about "personal responsibility" square with his belief in judging people for factors beyond their control, like their race?
His arguments hit upon common politically conservative themes as he finds fault with affirmative action, glorification of criminals like Rodney King, and liberals who blame white society for the problems facing blacks. When he debates a liberal teacher played by Elliot Gould, the gentle Gould character acts like a milquetoast, unable to provide a strong rebuttal.
In a shocking opening scene, teen Danny Vinyard Edward Furlong races to tell his older brother, neo-Nazi Derek Edward Nortonabout the young blacks breaking into his car in front of the house, whereupon Derek gets his gun and with no forethought shoots the youths in their tracks.
Once you see "American History X," however, you will understand why. But Derek takes this reasoning a step further and argues that blacks have a "racial commitment to crime. Monochrome sequences of Derek leading a Venice, California gang are intercut with color footage of the mature Derek ending his past neo-Nazi associations and attempting to detour Danny away from the group led by white supremacist, Cameron Stacy Keachwho once influenced Derek.
There are other factors at work, too, including his treatment by white inmates and his befriending of a charming black inmate Guy Torry.
Does the movie convincingly explain that transition?
But that turns out to be the least convincing aspect of the film. The movie takes great pains to show how articulate the younger Derek is when he justifies his hatred of blacks by citing the statistics of black crime.
His more personal motive is that blacks murdered his father. First we see Derek Ed Norton as a free man, newly released from prison, and having developed a conscience. The non-chronological approach is very effective, making the movie about as engaging as any thriller, even though the plot itself offers few surprises.
How did a bright kid like Derek become a racist? Sign in to vote. Then we see earlier points in his life when he was a white supremacist, and finally the prison experience that changed him. And what turned him around? The filmmakers started with the intelligent skinhead character, then they thought, "What sorts of events will lead this character to transform?American History X is flawed, yes, but is a worthwhile film that covers territories not dealt with in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: B Pablo Villaça Cinema em Cena. Oct 28, · Certainly, someone has arranged the film's time frame portentously enough to add extra heft to its slender story. As written by David McKenna, ''American History X'' centers on a racist killing.
American History X delivers its multiple and intertwining messages about as powerfully as I've seen from a film. 66 out of 77 found this helpful. Was this review helpful?
Until this film, Kaye had mostly directed tire commercials and the like, and there is a fragmented quality to American History X, as if he viewed the project as a series of connected shorts, all with their own style, rather than as a cohesive whole.
American History X was released on October 30,and grossed $, in seventeen theaters during its opening weekend. The film went on to gross $6, from theaters in the United States, and a total of $23, worldwide.
What makes this film so powerful is that its unanswered questions force the audience to examine hate and its consequences making American History X one lesson you can't miss.Download