2 Watch with caution.farnzy | 05/02/2008 | See all farnzy's reviews (164)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer A very simplistic look at racism, the decline of the white working class, and hero worship, masquerading as a credible movie. The black and white photography is beautifully lit but also hides the clumsy attempt to explain Norton's characters ultra quick rejection of his carefully constructed racist doctrine.Even more worrying is the basketball court scene where Furlong watches spellbound in awe as his brother and his racist thugs beat the black players at a game for control. Of course this is shot from Furlong's characters subjective point of view but this is often lost on many audience members and what we are left with is a strange mix; a kind of "Nazi Air" commercial with Norton doubling as an Aryan Michael Jordan.This is a movie which is not particularly clear in it's messages perhaps because Tony Kaye jumped ship and Norton took over dirctorial duties. As a consequence American History X leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Thank goodness that in this country we have Alan Clark's Made In Britain or Shane Meadows' This Is England to raise serious debates over racism. Watch these timeless, intelligent, studies and then return to American History X. Just not the same is it?