American History X Review
My brother has had this movie for a while but I had never bothered to watch it. Since I have had so much free time though I decided to check it out.
American History X stars Edward Norton as Derek Vinyard. Derek and his family live in the suburbs of Los Angeles. The typical American family. After Derek's father, a fire fighter, is killed by black gang memebers as he attempts to put out a fire in a crack house, Derek acquires a skewed view of America. He becomes a neo-nazi skin head. Derek becomes the family outcast and is eventually kicked out of the house by his mother. The night before he was to leave the house three black gang members attempt to steal his car. He proceeds to shoot and kill two of them, the third he brutally murders by crushing his skull against the curb. Derek is sentenced to 3 years for his crime.
While in jail, Derek's younger brother, played by Edward Furlong (the kid from Terminator 2), Danny follows in his brothers footsteps. Derek is a god to Danny and his friends. Danny and his friends join the gang that Derek helped create before he was sent up. The gang has grown in the three years Derek was incarcerated, and it provides protection for the white kids in the neighborhood.
The story revolves around the day Derek is released from prison. It seems 3 years in prison has changed Derek. He doesnt see the world the same as when he went in. This change does not go over well with the gang he left behind. Danny is deep into the rhetoric of the gang and Derek struggles to change his views about race.
The ending in this movie is pretty obvious from about halfway through, however knowing what was going to happen did not take away the affect the ending had on me. This was a great movie, that caused me to question alot of my own beliefs. This is the type of movie that comes along only once in a while. It has been on my mind all day.
Questions without answers are pretty useless so I would like to have an interaction with my readers. I would like the readers of this blog to go see the movie if you have not and tell me what you think. Preferably you would leave your thoughts in the comments section but you can also email me about what effect, if any, this movie had on you.