35 – American History X (1998)

You want ketchup on that ?

You want ketchup on that ?

I remember Barrett saying that American History X was one of his favourite films but i never rated it,i wrote it off as one of them films that uses too much graphic violence.Like them rubbish fottie gang movies that were being churned out in there dozens in the 90’s.Not my bag really.I was shocked to see it on the list never mind in the top 40.Shocked.The film is about a young teenage skinhead and his last 24 hours before he is killed by a black dude.There’s a load of flashbacks throughout that show how he and his brother came to be filled with so much hatred.Ah,the films not all gloom and doom.Dannys older brother Darryl sees the error of his ways while inside and comes out a new man and tries to get his brother away from the Nazi group.which he does.But it’s short lived.Norton got an Oscar nod for this and fair dues to him,it’s a good performance.I did notice The Clockwork Orange reference with Danny and his principle,the “what’s it going to be” line.It’s used numerous times in Burgess novel and it’s more or less that same scenario here.It’s an ultimatum.I don’t like the overall look of the film for some reason.There’s something not quite right about some of the black and white stuff.

IMDB RATING      –     8.5
MY RATING     –    7
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  I’M ONLY RECOMMENDING IT FOR EDDIE NORTONS ACTING.THE WATER LOOKS REALLY STRANGE IN THIS FILM.WATCH THE SLOW MOTION SHOTS.

 

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