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alitar (profile) wrote,
on 3-20-2004 at 5:23pm
American History X
This is a film that needs to be seen. Racism, the breeding of hate through words that don't seem so important. It's so easy to breed anger, so difficult so let it go, move on. This is a movie about the impact of hatred on a white American family and the neighbourhood, and the consequences of starting a racial war. Edward Norton plays a character who was formerly a racist skinhead, convicted of killing two black robbers. He's now reformed due to a friendship with a black man in prison who saved his life, and is back to make amends, and more importantly, dissuade his younger brother Danny to not follow in his footsteps. He finds out, though, but the angry, racial sentiment that he helped build in the neighbourhood has only gotten stronger since his arrest, and it's not simple to derail.
This is excellent social commentary that needs to be heard, even if we are not the perpetrators. It's important to understand and be aware of the root of anger to effectively dispel it. I had some minor issues with the ending and the movie itself, but it doesn't ruin the message nor the movie's social impact. 4 stars.
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