American History X

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

Well, this will start my “new” way of reviewing movies. Doing more than one sentence

Edward Norton has been one of my favorite actors since the first time I saw Primal Fear. He is truly one of the most gifted, hard-working actors around today. He plays a “reformed” skinhead who is trying to put his life back together. The main point that movie is trying to make is that hatered and being a racist is learned and can hence be unleared. With a good supporting cast, led by Edward “I haven’t aged since T2” Furlong, this movie works from beginning to end.

We follow Derick (Norton) through different stages of his life, but mainly concentrate on life after his fatehr’s death. This leads to his joining a skinhead cult led by an “invisible” leader played by Stacey Keach. Derick commits a murder when two black men try and vandalize his car. While in prision, Derick is reformed and we see how (later in the film). The challenge for him is to “clean” his family up. His mother has lung cancer (it never really explains that) his younger brother (Furlong) is following right in Derick’s footsteps…Things go from bad to worse to good to worse. I won’t give away the ending…but it’s clear to see why Norton was nomiated for an Academy Award. His performance is astounding. Watch this.

Video: How does it look?

While not part of the “Platiunm Series”, New Line is starting to consistently put out top notch films with some of the best picture’s around. This one tops all I have seen. Maybe it was the lighting in my place, maybe something else. But this looked razor sharp. Superb!

Audio: How does it sound?

The 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack isn’t the best out there, but it gets the point across. The surround speakers are used sparingly, but with great effect. There is a few scenes with music that really sound great. One of the better soundtracks for a dialogue driven movie.

Supplements: What are the extras?

As mentioned before, not part of the “Platinum Series”, but it still has a few features. Deleted scenes, a trialer and interesting cast and crew bios make this disc one to own.

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