25th Hour 2003

25th Hour

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An intelligent and well-acted film despite the usual Spike Lee excesses.

78%

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85%

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In New York City in the days following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) steels himself for a lengthy jail term. Brogan is a convicted drug dealer about to start a seven-year prison sentence, and his final hours of freedom are devoted to hanging out with his closest buddies (Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper) and trying to prepare his girlfriend, Naturelle Riviera (Rosario Dawson), for his extended absence.

Cast & Crew

Ed Norton
Monty Brogan
Barry Pepper
Francis Xavier Slaughtery
Rosario Dawson
Naturelle Riviera
Anna Paquin
Mary D'Annuzio
Brian Cox
James Brogan
Tony Siragusa
Kostya Novotny
Misha Kuznetsov
Senka Valghobek
Spike Lee
Director
David Benioff
Writer (Novel)
Jon Kilik
Producer
David Benioff
Screenwriter
Nick Wechsler
Executive Producer
Rodrigo Prieto
Director of Photography
James Chinlund
Production Designer
Sandra Hernandez
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Critic Reviews for 25th Hour

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Audience Reviews for 25th Hour

  • Sep 14, 2018
    With an overly depressing color palette, awfully jumpy editing, subplots that go nowhere and an ubiquitous melancholy music that never stops for a second, Spike Lee overloads his film and seems desperate to drag us into a bottomless abyss of sadness at nearly all costs.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 27, 2016
    Monty (played by Edward Norton) has 24 hours before he heads to jail for a 7 year sentence. And so Monty's last day begins. A story about regret, friendship and who Monty can trust. Edward Norton is his usual, brilliant self.
    Peter B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2014
    Spike Lee is one of those directors that many people love to hate, but his quality films cannot be denied. My favorite films of his are Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X, Inside Man, and the documentary, 4 Little Girls. I picked up the Spike Lee Collection Vol. 1 on Blu-ray out of a urge to revisit He Got Game during the 2014 NBA Finals, and a curiosity about this film that most people in the forums I visit were interested in, 25th Hour. Boy am I glad I did. I actually preferred this film over the one I bought the double feature for most. The film follows Monty (Norton) as he prepares to go to prison for a seven year sentence the following day. He's highly respected among New York's seedy underbelly, and he has to come to grips with the decisions he's made and effects they are having on his friends and family. This is truly a performance driven piece, and said performances are all top notch. Edward Norton leads a stellar cast in this gripping dramatic tour de force. He's joined here by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson, Brian Cox, Anna Paquin, Isiah Whitlock Jr., and an exceptional Barry Pepper in what may just be his best performance to date. A few things to note here are the amazingly gorgeous visuals and the fantastic score by Terence Blanchard. The cinematography by Lee and Diego Prieto (The Wolf of Wall Street, Argo, Babel, and many other beautiful films) is washed out, with high contrast, and looks damn near painted on a canvas. There is true technical prowess on display here. I recommend seeing the film for its visual and auditory artistry alone. And definitely on Blu-ray if possible. It has a top notch transfer. I do have some complaints, but they are few and far between. Some of the characterizations seemed pointless and out of place, like Paquin's character for example. While her performance was rock solid, her role seemed unnecessary. Whatever message her relationship with Hoffman's character was meant to convey, it was lost on me. Perhaps with time and revisits that will become more fleshed out in my mind. Another complaint I had was that it seemed to meander a bit towards the end, and the curve ball they threw was somewhat unsatisfactory. Even with those complaints, there is a lot to love here. Great film.
    Ryan R Super Reviewer
  • Feb 09, 2014
    The Spike Lee joint 25th Hour is an extraordinary film with a powerful message. On his last night before being sent to prison convicted drug dealer Monty Brogan gets together with his two closest friends and attempts to set things right in his life. Starring Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Anna Paquin, the casting is quite impressive; Norton in particular gives an outstanding performance. And Lee's directing is exceptional, especially in how he captures post-911 New York and conveys the mood and tone of the city. Provocative and edgy, 25th Hour is a compelling film about reconciliation and friendship.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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