I'm sitting here trying to think of what I canb wrote about this movie that hasn't been said before on this very site, and is stil l a valid comment on the film, and I'm having a hard time, so forgive me if I suck.SO GOOD. This is the kind of movie that can change people. I hope. I should preface this review by saying I didn't grow up in america and that racism is a largely unfamiliar thing to me, that I've seen on TV and occasionally in the malls, but except for my evil ex roomate, have never really encountered.
But I have a feeling the racism portrayed in this movie was as horrible and shocking to me as to anyone. The murders alone are enough to turn my stomach. No amount of shoot em up violence could carry the power that scene does. Because it's real. There are people who think like that. More than I care to think about.
All the violence in this movie carries more impact because of its realism and that it was portrayed so...so intensly.
The visual style of this film made me love it. The very well planned use of flashbacks, the cinematography... I really can't believe the director wanted his name off the movie. I think he must have been on crack, cause this movie rocked.
Ed Norton is astounding. Completely transformed, and so scary and convincing. Scary both as a scary neo nazi guy, and scarily reformed. The movie is so optimistic in portraying change in human beings. I wish I could believe it more easily, but I'm a pessimist.
Ed Furlong was very convincing also. The naive one, the impressionable youth. And yet, so concious. The paper he writes shows how much he realizes about the reality of the situation. The fact that he was sucked in despite that is what I find terrifying. That he knows what his brother did was horrible, and still tries to follow him...that he can write "People look at me and see my brother" and it's almost like he's ok with that, until Derek steps in...
However, the most frightening characters are Ethan Suplee and Fairuza Balk, who remain unreformed, and we never get closure on that aspect of the movie... Derek makes an impact, but he's the flawed hero, he never saves the day... which makes the movie scary and realistic.
The social impact of this movie, to me, is the most profound I've seen in years. And yet it didn't receive the publicity it should have... talk about a positive message coming from hollywood...Honestly, the best movie I have ever rented. I should not have waited.