Wednesday, April 15, 2009

4/12/09: American History X (1998)

An unforgettable drama, American History X gives us Edward Norton as Derek Vinyard, a hardcore skinhead with a swastika tattooed on his chest. Told largely in flashbacks, the film recounts how he became a vicious racist—and his long, hard road to redemption. AHX demonstrates, in often shocking terms, how hate begats hate. It's a film every kid in every school should be made to watch. Norton's performance is phenomenal, one of the best portrayals I've ever seen onscreen. Side note: it was interesting to see Johnny's Diner (just a few blocks from my house) used in one scene. Rating: 5/5.

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