I am going to preface this by saying that I have never seen American History X. I know from reading various comments online that there are comparisons to be made between both films – so maybe one day soon I’ll be able to do the same. Until then, I think one film about neo-Nazis and all their hate words is enough for me. Seriously, there were so many epithets in this film that I’d never heard before and I do not care to know what they mean.
Romper Stomper is one of those films where I wish the sentiments were long since dead, even if they were dead as of the time this film was made. Sadly, this is not the case and although it feels that it isn’t as bad – it’s hard to ignore evidence to the contrary on the internet.
My own politics aside, Romper Stomper is a violent film that tells an interesting story of the downfall of a group of white nationalists – a downfall down more because of internal politics and reporting on their own kind out of revenge rather than anything being properly done by wider society. Russell Crowe is very scary as the psychopathic leader and you can see how he is able to hold such sway over this group… and be able to bring in other damaged people in on his cause.
In the end though it’s hard to ignore that this film, when viewed by someone who holds the beliefs of the white nationalist gang, will be watching the downfall of a hero – unlike me who was glad to see all that he created be destroyed. How you view the main characters and their actions if a mirror to your own sentiments which, given that this film ended up possibly inspiring a murder and other actions, make you question how much actions like this be filmed with a sense of neutrality.