Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Believer (2001)

Fireworks Pictures
Directed by Henry Bean
My rating: 3 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Palm Pictures)

Violent Neo-Nazi Ryan Gosling turns out to be Jewish. He joins a burgeoning fascist political movement and gives antisemitic speeches to prospective donors. At one of their remote camps, he befriends other Neo-Nazis. Together they plot assassination attempts and plant bombs in synagogues. The guilt of his background eventually catches up with him, leading to an act of self-sacrifice. An electrifying, breakout performance by former Disney child star Gosling. He vividly portrays the hatred and self-loathing of his complex character, though the story falls short of explaining the origins. Nonetheless, a visceral experience, with an ending that will leave you either confused or aghast.

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