A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.
Based on the 2012 MSNBC documentary, Bryon Widner was one of the FBI's most sought after white supremacists. Covered in racist tattoos from head to toe that he earned performing hate crimes, he conducts a destructive life and is headed down the path of no return. When he meets Julie and her three young daughters from previous relationships, the responsibilities of fatherhood give him the desire to leave the movement behind. He endures death threats and harassment from his old gang while attempting to turn his life around. With the help of the FBI and SPLC, he undergoes 25 brutal tattoo removal surgeries in exchange for decoding the tattoos covering his body, which culminates in the arrest and conviction of his former gang.Written by
At one point, the production ran out of money for the elaborate tattooing, 14 on his face, 39 on his body, and Bell was forced to keep the tats on his face for several days. Bell stated that "none of the crew would hang out with me. I was eating alone." See more »
In the scene when Byron throws up in the bathroom early in the film, when he first throws up some of the puke hits the mirror, in the next take there is no puke on the mirror, and in the take after that there is puke on the mirror again. See more »
Guys like this only have three options: die young, life in prison, or, they start talking.
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Written and Performed by Philip Lewin
By Arrangement with Light In The Attic Records on behalf of Tompkins Square
Published by Tompkins Square Music Publishing / Concord Copyrights (BMI) See more »
A solid B-grade biopic by a newb writer, director and producer.
User freqeteq's review is on point, especially the fake 10's and idiotic 1's.
This is a solid B-grade biopic by newb writer, director and producer Guy Nattiv (only his 4th full length feature film, priors all short films).
His camera work and directing his scenes and cast was excellent, and all actors were outstanding, especially Jamie Bell.
The cinematography was great and the score on point. A few plot issues, and the pacing could've been better/faster, or some scenes edited down, as the 2 hour runtime felt much longer. But for a newb writer/director mainly experienced in short films, these technical issues can be easily forgiven.
An enjoyable biopic, and well deserving of an honest 8/10 from me.
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