Pariah | Chicago Reader

Pariah

This earnest story about a man infiltrating a group of neo-Nazis who've raped his girlfriend has way too much plot and no real tone. The filmmakers clearly have an important agenda—they just have no idea how to use cinema rhetoric. A series of loosely developed yet simplistically motivated scenes are mainly permutations of the flatly articulated theme that violence begets violence: blacks harass an interracial couple; white skinheads attack the same couple, then attack gays; gays attack the skinheads. Most of these scenes are scored with upbeat music, but when the skinheads are attacked the sound track has a dirgelike quality, suggesting sympathy for them and the imminent end of their reign of terror—an ideological fusion too complex for the filmmakers to pull off. Written and directed by Randolph Kret, based on real events; with Damon Jones, Dave Oren Ward, Aimee Chaffin, and David Lee Wilson.

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