"American History X" is a controversial and brutal, but also excellent drama about Neo-Nazi Derek who changes his mind when becoming friends with a black prisoner at the time he is at prison.
The movie is shocking and tense, and shows a graphic look into a racist's life. It features a look into Derek's life, how he became a Nazi, what made him think like this and why he eventually changed his made.
There are some terrific quotes from wise black headmaster Bob Sweeney that really make you think. Also, the whole filming style of the movie is brilliant, the time before he changed is completely shown in black and white, the time after becoming tolerant is done in color. Edward Norton, who was Oscar-nominated for his role as Derek, does a great job.
The movie is a masterpiece and I hope it will help racists becoming tolerant with other "races".
(This is a movie where every scene is important. SPOILERS may follow:)
First of all, the movie starts with a graphic sex scene.
Then frequent strong violence is present.
The violence is not too bloody (except one scene), but EXTREMELY BRUTAL AND INCREDIBLY REALISTIC. Not for the faint of heart.
-A man curb stomps a man, meaning he puts his head onto the curb and then stomps onto it. Very violent but seen from a distance, no blood.
-A man brutally rams a piece of meat into a woman's mouth in order to make her shut up.
-A man is graphically raped by a group of men.
-A man gets shot and a very huge amount of blood spurts onto the wall (the bloody scene i mentioned above). It is very realistic, there is much blood.
-A very brutal and disturbing scene of paki bashing in a supermarket where a gang of nazis beat up several asian people, a woman is then "waterboarded", as they spill drinks all over her face making it hard to breathe.
The violence is strong and brutal, extremely graphic and not suitable for younger viewers.
The movie deals with neo-nazis, and of course everything included. Swastikas are frequently shown.
However, the main character learns and at the end is no longer a nazi anymore, so there are positive messages.
Strictly for older audiences.