Friday, May 05, 2006

Movie Review: The Believer

The Believer - " This is the story of Danny Balint (Ryan Gosling), a young Jewish man from New York City struggling with the conflict between his beliefs and his heritage. Balint eventually joins a neo-Nazi organization, rising up the ranks to become a leader in the white supremacy movement. The Believer is a psychological examination into the forces of intolerance, both on the individual and society as a whole." - Netflix

Here is a F'd up movie right here. Here is a kid that is part of one world and so desperately wants to be part of another. There is so much hate and rage in this person, that you almost feel sorry for him. However, after seeing American History X, this movie fell short, even near the end, where he begins to turn back to the Jewish faith. Both American History X and The Believer type of movies where by taking an destructive hate filled individual and seeing the hatred dissipate. There is a single bit of nudity and sex in the film, where Summer Phoenix is having sex with Billy Zane. Oh, did I forget to mention that they are father and daughter. Incest is best…???? It really did not add anything to the movie, so… Why is it there besides the F'd up factor???...

Final verdict - It is a rental, unless you are really into these types of movies.

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