The stupidity of racial hatred and the searing cost of violence come under an intense spotlight in American History X, Tony Kaye’s painful, passionate saga about the neo-Nazi movement. Edward Norton is electrifying as a virulent racist who learns the error of his ways.
In this daring lead role, Norton delivers an Academy nominated, disturbing, heart-felt and ultimately heart-breaking performance. American History X delivers an uncomfortable but certainly worthwhile night at the movies, a “tough love” lesson about the empty promises of hatred.
One of my favorite movies, American History X holds back no punches but gives you a disturbing real view at the hatred and racisim that is still prevalent in our society. Young Edward Furlong is also masterful in his role as Norton’s younger brother, and narrator of the film. One of the rare times in her career, Beverly DeAngelo is superb. A+