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Edward Norton delivers a searing performance as a former neo-Nazi skinhead whose life was almost destroyed by his own hatred--and who now struggles to prevent his younger brother from following in his footsteps. Seeking retribution for his father's murder and burning with rage, Derek Vinyard (Norton) becomes the charismatic leader of a local White Power movement. Despite his intelligence, Derek's incendiary actions culminate in a brutal murder and three years in prison. Now on parole, Derek returns home to find his brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), being seduced by the same anger, bigotry and violence that almost destroyed his life.]]>
The film's basic message--that hate is learned and can be unlearned--is expressed through Derek's kid brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), whose sibling hero-worship increases after Derek is imprisoned (or, in Danny's mind, martyred) for the killing of two black men. Lacking Derek's gift of rebel rhetoric, Danny is easily swayed into the violent, hateful lifestyle that Derek disowns during his thoughtful time in prison. Once released, Derek struggles to save his brother from a violent fate, and American History X partially suffers from a mix of intense emotions, awkward sentiment, and predictably inevitable plotting. And yet British director Tony Kaye (who would later protest against Norton's creative intervention during post-production) manages to juggle these qualities--and a compelling clash of visual styles--to considerable effect. No matter how strained their collaboration may have been, both Kaye and Norton can be proud to have created a film that addresses the issue of racism with dramatically forceful impact. --Jeff Shannon
I think this movie should be a requirement for all students in any level of Race and Relations classes.Published 22 hours ago by tstone04
Edward Norton is awesome in this film. I have a DVD but couldn't find it so rented it to show to a friend who had never seen it. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jeff Kempton
One of the best stories of all time despite certain racial disparities. This story shows the common racial issues involving America as a society.Published 11 days ago by Stevr
Very Touching! Really enjoyed the tension in film and wish it continued even further!Published 13 days ago by Hungani
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You are a liberal for liking this movie!!!
I can't believe some of the garbage a few reviews are spewing. Probably the same ones that voted Bush into the White House. Good job!
Anyways, agreed. This movie is incredible. One of my all time favorites.
Jun 24, 2008 by D. J. Cook | See all 8 posts
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no new features but for 15.00 worth the upgrade
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