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Re: Rate & Mini-Summarize the Last Movie You Saw
American History X
After watching "The Illusionist" earlier that morning, I had a sudden urge to watch Ed Norton (after all, he is an amazing actor), so I popped in American History X. I had watched it some time last August, but I decided to watch it again to really understand the elements of the story this time.
American History X is a modern masterpiece in dealing with racism. It is a wonderful story of false perception and redemption, unfortunately, the ending is very abrupt and leaves much to be desired for, but still very fitting overall.
Derrick Vinyard is a guy living in Venice Beach, California at the time of racial tension. After his father (firefighter) dies in a fire, Derrick blames the death on the black community. He is recruited by Cameron, the leader of a neo-nazi group called the D.O.C. and Vineyard and Cameron team up to make Venice Beach a "safe place for white people to live". Cameron was the invisible hand, while Derrick was the charismatic leader. The D.O.C waged "war" against races that were inferior and did things such as vandalizing a store owned by Koreans and illegal immigrants etc...
Derrick was arrested eventually for voluntary manslaughter on two black guys who were attempting to steal his car. He spends three years in prison and sees that he had the wrong idea all along.
He gets out of prison and has to save his younger brother (who is now affiliated with the DOC) from going down the same path he did. Again, the ending is very abrupt and leaves much to be desired.
Overall Rating: 9/10
If you can handle the use of the "N word" and stereotypical neo-nazi views without getting offended (it's just a movie), and you are looking for a movie filled with theme, excellent acting, and ethical substance, look no further.