American History X
‘We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.’ – Abraham Lincoln
I don’t know much about the history of America though a number of movies I’ve watch, from Gone with the Wind to The Patriot have shown me enough to get the big picture of America’s warring ideologies on freedom, equality, justice, and civil rights.
American History X is a movie about the two Vinyard brothers and their neo-Nazi beliefs against the black race. Derek Vinyard, after being released from prison, tries to manoeuvre his younger brother’s (Danny) growing resentment against the black community. With powerful flashbacks that support all the characters’ dilemma and psyche and Edward Norton’s award-winning performance as a killer turned saviour, it, in general, delineates how an erroneous system of ideology as that of Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitism can pull down the very core of a family and how it can all lead to a series of horrifying, life-changing events.