This film is moving in so many ways. There seemed to be a lot of creative differences and direction as well. Sociology and the ways it affects humanity can be held as a positive or a negative. Derek goes into prison as a hardened young man. And, in between set pieces, he flounders slightly, though this may be a symptom of the re-edit.
Had the film followed a more conventional timeline, we'd have quickly grown impatient waiting for plot developments that were inevitable. It really leaves you on the brink of tears as you try to deal with what you just watched. Told through the eyes of his admiring brother a perfectly cast Furlong , American History X charts the rise, if that's the right word, of Derek Vinyard Norton a fiercely intelligent young man who, after the shooting of his father by a black man, and encouraged by sinister good ol' boy Cameron Stacy Keach , shaves his head, has a swastika tattooed on his chest and proceeds to galvanise the local disenchanted youth into forming a racist gang before murdering two black men who were attempting to steal his car. He's assigned to the laundry, where his black co-worker , in a wonderful performance gradually--well, begins to seem human to him. 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. Predictable, trite, with the most offensively contrived ending I have seen in quite some time.
He made the character come alive with hate and then was able to morph his character into a changed man. The film is laced with lots of heavy language from hard cursing to some nasty racial slurs and speeches. We see thrusting movements in bed between a man and woman, and briefly see the woman's breast as she moans. I didn't think about it like that. I expected at any moment that they were going to start singing and dancing, doing the splits in an effort to get each other off their turf. Lamont is friendly, and possesses a sharp sense of humor.
To me, that would go to make some in the white audience despise this kid, and be more sympathetic to Derek's point of view. Derek is a kind of Über-neo-Nazi, an Honors English student in High School and a protégé of the local racist leader, Cameron Alexander Stacey Keach. I was stunned walking out of the theater after seeing American History X, and I don't think I will ever have the benefit of seeing another movie as good as this one as long as I live. This story follows a violent extreme skin-head Norton that spends three years in jail for killing two black people and how he changed through jail. When he writes a racist paper for school, his teacher makes his write a new paper, focusing on recent history that of his brother and how he influenced him.
Not because it shocked me or made me think, but because I couldn't believe the filmmakers thought I was really stupid enough to buy it. Hostile tribalism is an epidemic here. Not just for ourselves, but for those we influence. I recommend this to parents with older teens who are starting to become aware of important social issues, but it is definitely not for younger kids. Yet American History X's strength is not its subject matter but Edward Norton's ballistic performance. They're led by Derek's brilliant speechmaking and fueled by drugs, beer, tattoos, heavy metal and the need all insecure people feel to belong to a movement greater than themselves.
For another, it has been directed with a mixture of handsome photo-realism and visceral punch. The pair later develop a rapport over their shared love of basketball. Watching this movie had me in tears—tears of pain for the victims of gangviolence, tears for those involved in the lie, tears of joy when Derek and Danny tore down the Nazi stuff from their bedroom walls, and tears of sadness when Danny was killed. This scene is also in black and white Is this a hint that the issues are being over-simplified for dramatic effect? At his bedside is his former teacher Bob Sweeney, the Black Principal we saw near the beginning of the film. Get me out of here! A young man's head is curbstomped just barely off-screen, but we hear the act. The fact that it showed some things that aren't usually seen in these types of films should not generate too much excitement, nor hope. He was at that time the leader of a neo-Nazi, white-power group.
Sweeney gives him help too, but it is a conditional grace based on his heart change. What goes around comes around. The story itself isn't that complicated or extremely original on its own and perhaps at most points even predictable but the way the story is told is phenomenal. It is assumed in their world the beaches and playgrounds of the Venice area of L. The way this screenplay and direction was able to display this message in just a plethora of other underlying tones was spectacular.
Sweeney is concerned that Danny is taking the same route as Derek and intends to reach out to Derek as well. It's an engrossing movie, nonetheless. 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. Lamont chastises Derek for breaking ties with the neo-nazi prisoners and cautions Derek that he will now probably be targeted by other inmates What is the likelihood that a Black prisoner would scold a White inmate for breaking away from a group of neo-nazis? Vineyard in the first place seems too convenient. .
He is a monster of a Nazi and is quite well known around the community as such. The main thing the film does well is to be a very true representation of white male disillusionment. This he does although he has promised Derek he would not go, which causes Derek to go looking for him at the gathering. However, the movie is simply not believable. I've accepted that the white characters in the film were deep and layered characters, and the black characters, for the most part, were one dimensional stereotypes because the film is from the point of view of Edward Norton's character, and his family are the supporting characters. The one scene that kept replaying in my head was the one that ended up sending Derek away for murder, a black and white scene of a black man with his mouth on the street curb and Derek brutally stomping on his head. Based on the reviews of 82 critics collected on , 83% of critics gave the film a positive review, with an score of 7.
Sweeney acted as though he were performing in a community theatre production of Shakespeare. When he is finally released from prison he comes home to find that his little brother Danny was on his way right to where Derek just came home from. His thoughts have matured and nurtured in the process. Yes this movie is brutal and violent, but also truthful to the past and unfortunately still sometimes the present. While Derek is in prison,Danny goes in the same footsteps as his older brother.