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Short review on the movie and the violence within it short little piece its not too bad i felt hard done by the mark American history X The film tries to deal with social issues as honestly as possibleRacism is a serious problem Racist organizations like the one depicted in the film exist in seriously large numbersPeople get caught up in racial hatred Violence resultsAnd yes people do changeBut its that last item that concerns meAll of the characterizations seem distanced and one-sidedAs most filmmakers do director Tony Kaye and writer David McKenna stack the deck to make their caseWe get a pretty good idea of why Derek becomes so enraged against blacksWe are shown that his father was racist to begin with and a fathers violent death could be the turning point for any impressionable youthBut for a man so steeped in hatred as Derek is could a few years in prison where he experiences fellow whites betraying one another and a black man befriending him change him so radically that he suddenly wants no more part of racism Its an idealistic sentiment and probably such drastic turnabouts do occur but I wasnt convinced by the films portrayal of itAdditionally like Dereks sudden change of heart many of the other characters are presented as simply all good or all badDr Sweeny the school principal played by Avery Brooks is all good--a black man of impeccable courage and convictionThe younger brother is all bad totally submerged in Alexanders movementMurray Dereks mothers boyfriend played by Elliott Gould is all good--a mushy Jewish liberal who says entirely the right things but has no backbone to pursue them And of course Alexander is all bad--bad to the quick evil incarnateThis makes for strong dramatic action but it doesnt necessarily add up to realistic human emotionEven the framework for the story is awkwardDanny the younger brother is writing up his family history as an assignment for Dr
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