This film has always bothered me as deeply as any I've seen, and I've seen thousands. Flawless acting by Edward Norton. Sometimes the move comes too late: young offenders often raped in the van transporting them to jail. The conversation turns to the L. While raising his children, he instilled his thoughts, beliefs and opinions of different races, holding a certain perspective about a group of people that he described as a parasite.
Still, I must be clear: This is a good and powerful film. On to my next grievance. Then we see earlier points in his life when he was a white supremacist, and finally the prison experience that changed him. Despite all of these things there are strong themes that may open a dialogue and challenge your older teen's ideas of race, identity, social injustice and prison reform. Advertisement What we get, finally, is a series of well-drawn sketches and powerful scenes, in search of an organizing principle. I will bleeping cut your Shylock nose off and stick it up your ass before I let that happen.
Finally, a film that can convey a willingness to open oneself to new ideas, without writing off certain beliefs as taboo or evil. Yet what makes a movie great is not simply the message or messages sent across but how powerfully they are delivered. Derek: I have this feeling. My dad gave me the tape to watch, and after almost 2 weeks of laziness to watch this movie, I finally watched it 2 times! The movie however turned out to be extremely powerful mainly due to the professionalism it was made with. Danny Vineyard, played by Edward Furlong, young life has seen its share of pain and turmoil: first, his father is murdered doing his job and then he witnesses his older brother Derek played by Edward Norton murdering black boys. These brutal sequences are shot in black and white.
This movie forces you to open your eyes through harsh realism and although some things are disturbing, it makes you take notice. In contrast, Whites are portrayed as brutally insensitive, oppressive, intolerant, hateful, violent, greedy, narrow-minded and destructive. As an anti Neo-Nazi movie this movie works really powerful. Derek was sent to prison for committing a hate crime against a black man, who tried to break into his house. Derek got a mere three year sentence - half of what the Black inmate got - for actually killing two people. While Derek is in prison,Danny goes in the same footsteps as his older brother.
Edward Norton is just phenomenal playing the role of a freak skin head and even more so playing this skin head who finally realizes how stupid he was and tries to protect his younger brother. The exchanges get heated in a hurry. American History X is a movie that taught me a powerful lesson on racism, redemption and repercussion. His negative reaction is not unlike that of many other members of the White Majority who have had similar transitions in their neighbourhoods. Norton plays Derek Vinyard, a skin head that realizes through cruel yet necessary events in his life that he has gone down the wrong path.
Then we discover that his brother Derek has been put in jail for the shootings we witnessed in the opening scenes. Sweeney gives him help too, but it is a conditional grace based on his heart change. The downward journey of Derek, a thoughtful boy turned Venice Beach skinhead leader, is ultimately believable which is what makes it so frightening. Has your prejudicial behaviour done you any good? Norton was Oscar-nominated for his role, which he carries off with frightening physicality and conviction. It is, hands down, the most powerful American film in decades.
It seems most people either love this movie or hate it. If I am dissatisfied, it is because it contains the promise of being more than it is. His racist beliefs stem from his father's dislike for minorities and from his death in which he is killed by black people while trying to put out a fire in a crackhouse. I feel lucky Dan, because it was wrong what I did. This is a crude propagandistic tactic intended to discourage the expression of legitimate racial frustration Note: In the Catherine Chapman character asked some similarly provocative questions while riding home from school on a city bus, albeit they were much lighter in both substance and tone than Derek's in his intense and often crude speech. His thoughts have matured and nurtured in the process.
Despite the hard-edged controversy it's still a very good film, above all else extremely well-acted and featuring a gripping storyline even if the direction isn't always up to par. The skinheads are then shown putting nylons and ski masks over their faces. So instead of feeling sorrow for Derek's loss, we are made to feel angry towards him. Shortly after, I viewed the film American History X, with no intention of writing yet another detailed description and analysis, but I could not resist. This animosity would have been deemed justifiable given the circumstances. A young man's head is curbstomped just barely off-screen, but we hear the act.
Everything he does is interrelated and interconnected with his brother. Dinner With Dad Because the sequences of this film are not linear in time, the scene with Derek's father at the dinner table, at this point, as described in Danny's essay, is the earliest event in the whole story. Derek is a kind of Neo-Nazi, an Honors English student in High School and a protégé of the local racist leader. The movie primarily chronicles the life events of two brothers, Derek Vinyard and Danny Vinyard, who after the death of their father in racist riots join the Neo- Nazi and white supremacist movement to terrorize local African-Americans, Asians and all immigrants in general, who they believe were a poison to the society and responsible for all the mess in their country and neighborhood. Olson, Eric March 8, 1999. The ending to this film, without giving too much away, is incredible.
It really makes the viewer feel the need for tolerance. These are just a few areas of what the movie American History X touches on. Edward Furlong, despite being in only a few films, also shows off his acting abilities. Welcome to the After-School Special of your worst nightmares. Although the film contains a constant strong theme of violence, it is always justified in portraying a picture of racial tension. Hooking up with a local white-power activist Cameron Stacy Keach , he organises a group of white kids into an organised mob who terrorise local black owned businesses. The father of Danny and Derek was murdered by a black man when he tried to out put out a fire in a slum.