One of the highlights of this movie that really relates to one of the key aspects of this course is the deterrence of capital punishment.
Edward Norton’s portrayal as the grief stricken older brother who turns to racist ideologies and violence to cope with his fathers death, completely disregards the consequences of his actions as he brutally murders someone in front of his family for trying to steal his car.
Everything you look for in movie, American History X has it.
It has a strong message and strong themes running throughout the storyline.
Then we see Danny (Edward Furlong), who is Derek’s younger brother; walk outside to witness the cops taking Derek away.
In this scene we learn about the views of the Vinyard house hold and this night basically shapes who Danny becomes in the future, since he wants to make his older brother proud.
This film should be required as part of a high-school/middle-school's curriculum.
By far, this is the best movie that I have ever seen.
Although throughout the movie we see the main character, Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) that at the beginning of the film is in a “white power” gang and later transforms as a character to protect his brother and the rest of his family from being hurt and corrupted by the racist world that they were living in. "Your Worst Nightmare: The Siege, American History X, And Our Views Of Enemies, Foreign And Domestic." Multicultural Perspectives 1.3 (1999): 19.
The movie starts out in a black and white color, which represents in flashback points of what happened in the Vinyard family past.