It brings up some issues which we are generally loathe to look at in our day-to-day lives.
By Angeliki Coconi in Commentaries 12 Comments Very often does this happen, but rarely so effectively. American History X is no doubt the most successful attempt in cinema to counter racism, condemn neo-Nazism and bring forward themes of equality and justice.
However, while offering this valuable American History lesson on screen, a number of racist crimes are committed, a series of racist remarks are made and plenty of disturbing narrow-mindedness becomes evident. In other words, it takes a highly racist film to make a point against racism.
However, during his chief-racist time, Derek brutally murdered two black men who attempted to steal his car, and with this he was sent to prison for three years. When in jail, he received just as brutal of a treatment from his fellow white inmates, which caused him to gradually change his beliefs and finally recognize interracial hatred as meaningless baggage and a waste of time… Now that he is set free again, he finds his younger brother all skin-headed, immigrant-hating and an avid supporter of the former cause, which awakens Derek even further and forces him to realise the hidden-up-until-now and extremely dangerous consequences of his very wrong actions.
Both brothers and especially Derekare extremely intelligent, strong and charismatic. They do well at school, they have friends, girlfriends, good looks and adamant beliefs.
And although these beliefs are ultimately shaken, still most of the damage is done. Even though neo-Nazism and everything that it entails in the end betrays them, the fact remains that time has been lost, a big part of their youth has been wasted, passion has been invested in all the wrong things and lives have been thrown away for no good reason.
Hatred of the past has been recycled over and over again, murder has given way to revenge and revenge to more killing. All this makes the main character of the story the protagonist as well as the antagonist.
Derek is the villain as much as he is the hero and the audience hates him as much as they cheer for him. And we keep falling in that beautifully and resourcefully set up trap. It is interesting to note that the film has to show everything from a white perspective, and more importantly, from the point of view of a young man who has been wronged, if it wants to succeed in teaching us the wrong doings of racism.
Derek has turned racist because he has been harmed by people of other races in some way. Which justifies him in a very obscure way, for some part of the film at least.
The time comes when he takes it too far, but up until then, we kind of like him. After he loses it, we hate him. And then we sympathise with him again.
However, racial hatred and violence never leave the front row and racist remarks made by tattooed skinheads never cease. But yes, it takes that much racism for an anti-Nazi message to become evident.What partly redeems American History X from its most preachy excesses -- and makes it worth seeing -- is a brilliant, career-high performance by actor Edward Norton.
April 12, | Rating: /4 83%(82). American History X IMDb min A brutal Neo Nazi skinhead named Derek Vinyard is tried and sent to prison for three years for the murder of two black guys who tried to steal his truck.
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