Some great things (Ed Furlong and Ed Norton), and some not so great (some of the supporting actors, and the horrible American-style mood music), but definitely worth a watch if you like a good tragedy and don't want subtitles.
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.
And then, by having one conversation with a funny black dude, all sudden, he's not racist. And then his brother gets killed by a black kid and the movie is like isn't it great he's still not racist. Or is he? I don't know who is responsible for this but this is one dumb, confused film. An extra star for Ed Norton's performance.
It does seem strange to have an ex-skinhead preaching against nazism and racism. But there was Johnny Lee Clary, an actual historical figure, ex-Ku Klux Klan, that devoted his life to raise awareness about hate groups and racism. We want to believe that it is possible to fight hate. And maybe white power defenders want to believe that the character would not convert. A credible figure for everyone seems to emerge.
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.
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".