I find no words to express how intense my feelings for this film are. I even commented on my own comment just to say that.
The words "legacy" and "consequence" spring to mind. Overall, I think this is a great movie, with a great cast delivering strong performances. I feel as though all the scenes were well done, even the current ones. Ultimately it's a story of brothers, and being trapped in a cycle of hate. This film stuck with me.
Photography and Norton aside, this films is really sloppy: the first part("the racist part") is intense, convincing, whereas the second is weak and also marred by a completely unconvincing twist(you don't change your beliefs because some guy you think was on your side assaults you in the showers). All in all, for me this was just another american cine-fast-food product.
Edward Norton delivers a strong and fearless performance. The movie is very edgy and touches on some real issues going on not just in american society but all over this globalized world we live in nowadays. I enjoyed the whole movie, however the very last scene/monologue felt a little out of place, and the images a bit "random". Still, so worth watching!
I absolutely loved all the black and white sequences. I thought they were better shot, and more interesting than the color parts which felt much drier. That being said I thought the movie was overall very good until the last scene which totally pissed me off and in my opinion ruined the entire film and destroyed its very poignant message. If you ask me, Ed Norton is the only reason to see this movie. He's fantastic.
scam. though Norton's performance and the laudable goal (analyze and deconstruct hate speech from the inside) had real value, the ultra-didacticism, the drama as major support (as all the rest is purely skin-deep) and the moralist final sequence made me despise this movie. sadly, overrated.
very well dosed violence and rhetoric. Though the movie, which pretends to be against Nazi Ideology and ideologies in general, is at its heart ideological. Derek does not relinquish his racist belief with the use of reasoning nor with empathy, as it may seem during the laundry scenes, instead he does it because 'nothing he has done has made his life better'. That is * ideology. It has many names, but I call it Egoism
and yes another good story. the film has been done very well . there's a point in the story which I admire most and it's the process of how Edward Norton's character turns from his extreme racist neo-nazi ideologies and his change of mind while in the prison. I can't think of anything else more acceptable than this.
Edward Norton was brilliant here, as per usual. I usually hate angst-crammed films, but this one is different in that it is also sharp and real. Well, and that Norton is in here.
Wonderful editing. Love the usage of color (or lack thereof in the b&w sequences) to tell a story.
One of the greatest films of all time, it was a travesty that they gave the Best Actor award to Roberto Benigni for his irritatingly hammy performance in the wretched "Life is Beautiful". That award should have gone to Edward Norton, and an EW poll a few years ago showed that if it was voted on again, Norton would have been the one walking up on the stage. Norton's performance is a great as DeNiro in "Raging Bull".
I was stunned after seeing this. I have come to great realization that HATRED is the worst thing human could ever grow and they come with a terrible price!! It does its best to make the point that no one is ever right and no one is ever wrong. Also that everything that you believed to be true isn't always the way things are. I recommend to watch this movie with open mind and your mind will come out full.