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Helped me understand
written by davem October 25, 2005 - 11:23 PM PDT
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This is film making at its best. Other reviewers may critique it on various levels but the fact is I left this film understanding a part of the human condition in a way that I never had access to before. That's what film making should be about. The rest is superfluous.

If we are ever going to change the attitudes depicted in the film, ever going to rid the world of blind hatred, then we need to understand where it comes from and how it is rationalized. We need to see these people -- even white supremecists -- not merely as 'others' beyond understanding or sympathy. We need to see them as us, as people we could have been under different circumstances. Without empathy there is no understanding and without understanding there can be no progress.

This film was a window that I appreciate tremendously. thank you Ed Norton, Ed Furlong, and Tony Kaye. I am a richer person for having seen your film.

Rent The Believer instead
written by MDixon February 2, 2004 - 2:08 PM PST
4 out of 7 members found this review helpful
AHX is too "hollywoodized" - from its oh-so-important opening shot, to the black and white flashback footage. Even the music is calculatedly manipulative. Norton's performance is great, but that's one of the only good things about this. The ending is totally telegraphed, too. The Believer presents a more compelling story - not as much gratuitous violence, either.

Very brutal and poignant
written by pelikan March 2, 2002 - 5:25 PM PST
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
This was the first Edward Norton movie I saw, and his performance was so convincing that I still have trouble believing it's the same guy who was in Rounders.
The movie itself is as violent as they come and does not hold anything back in order to get the story (which holds it's own) across.
A definite, must see...once.

American History X
written by johelinedvd February 26, 2002 - 2:16 PM PST
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Edward Norton give a great performace as the reformed-skin head. His mannerism, voice, and eyes convey the sense that if you were in the same room with him, you would be in very dangerous situation, quite unexpected since his other roles have been more mild mannered characters (even Fight Club).
Edward Furlong should also be mentioned, because his performance really anchors this movie to convey the sense of misguided youth


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