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September 4, 2015
This unheralded drama by Spike Lee fuses post 9/11 era anxiety with regret in detailing the final hours of a convicted New York drug dealer (Edward Norton) before his incarceration begins. It is perhaps the only movie made in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks that captured the mood of that time. Lee shows great assurance here and limits the expected indulgences, while expressing surprising pathos to conventional material. Norton brings his usual intensity to the role, but he also has the sensitivity to reveal a man with remorse at his wasted life. As a cocky stockbroker, Barry Pepper shows the conflicted feelings - both brutally honest and mealy-mouthed - of a close friend that rings truthful. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a straight arrow teacher, Rosario Dawson is the beautiful girlfriend, Brian Cox is the loyal father, and Anna Paquin is a provocative student. All give exceptional performances. Former football player Tony Siragusa is perhaps a bit too broad a caricature as a Ukrainian associate. David Benioff adapted his own book. Cinematography is by Rodrigo Prieto; music is by Terence Blanchard.
August 29, 2015
A well-acted and engaging drama that adds another impressive work to Spike Lee's growing filmography.
½ August 2, 2015
Lee is at once immensely fond and endlessly skeptical of New York City, so a point could be made this, his first film after 9/11 was a searing drama reflecting the trauma and guilt many felt. If you were about to go to prison for an extended stretch, what would you do with your last day of freedom? It's a question most of us will never have to face, but as presented by Spike Lee in 25th Hour, the answers still prove compelling. Starring Edward Norton as a convicted drug dealer making a last-ditch effort to straighten out his personal life before being carted off to the pokey, 25th Hour delves into the sorts of complicated relationships that Lee thrives on; fathers and sons, friends from different backgrounds, and even good love gone wrong. And its rather messy blend of interpersonal dynamics was sweetened Lee's trippy camera work, a stellar supporting cast, and an epic monologue of raw power from Edward Norton in which he skewers all the city's residents before turning his ire on himself
July 20, 2015
Dans la période la plus esthétique de son oeuvre, Spike Lee nous offre La 25e Heure, un drame absolument fabuleux sur un type qui passe ses dernières 24 heures en liberté, dans un New York encore touché par la tragédie du 11 septembre 2001. Entre monologues et dialogues très dynamiques, Spike Lee parvient à à trouver un équilibre parfait dans un film passionnant, interprété par un groupe d'acteurs en état de grâce, que ce soit bien évidemment Edward Norton, mais aussi Barry Pepper et Brian Cox. Comme d'habitude, Spike Lee parvient à créer une atmosphère délétère et mélancolique, grâce à l'utilisation très intelligente de la musique de Terence Blanchard et à la photographie exceptionnelle de Rodrigo Prieto. La 25e Heure est un autre très grand film de Spike Lee, un monument de sa filmographie pléthorique.
July 3, 2015
Great acting and soundtrack. Edward Norton is one of my favorites.
June 23, 2015
Despite boasting an impressive cast and a handful of stand-out scenes, some funny, some touching, the movie almost entirely fails to live up to it's potential. We can enjoy the moral ambiguity of our 'hero' and the ties he has with friends and family, but with a sluggish pace, thinly-veiled artistic pretentions and no real pay-off, it just feels like a 2+ hour waste of our time. After a while I got the feeling that the film had just given up entirely on its audience and was serving only itself, and it makes for a very frustrating experience.
½ June 11, 2015
A fine story,well acted with that sense of dread just over it's shoulder.
½ May 30, 2015
Overall is was kind of a slow paced film. A few good one shots, monologues and funny moments. It was entertaining but nothing special.
May 26, 2015
A tense plot telling of the last day before a man goes behind bars keeps the viewer in anticipation of whether the protagonist will make the remaining hours meaningful and find closure.
May 25, 2015
Very good film which leaves plenty of discussion points. Norton and Hoffo play their typical roles but do it well. The story and direction of this is the key to it's success.
May 7, 2015
Story never coalesced into something I could get into. I gave up after 30 minutes.
May 2, 2015
The movie 25th Hour starts with a scene of two beam lights projecting from the Ground Zero, the place of the twin towers that fell in 9/11. Although what happened in 9/11 does not really have to do with the plot of the movie, it acted as an inter-textual reference that added an atmosphere of tragedy and melancholy to the narrative of the movie. The plot of the movie goes around the last 24 hours of New Yorker drug dealer, Monty Brogan, before he goes to jail for 7 years after DEA found drugs in his house.
In those 24 hours he tries to come along with his father, Naturelle his girlfriend, and Frank and Jacob 2 of his elementary school best friends. The movie spots the lights on the importance of choices one take throughout his life. In this few hours Monty evaluates his past life and regret the choices he made, and he condemns how he made his own life miserable. The only choice he never regretted instead he mentioned that it was the best of his life was saving the dog that was left for dead on the bridge at the beginning of the movie. Maybe he assumes that since he unconsciously wished that someone could have done the same to him. He maybe wished that someone could stop him from drug dealing before getting caught and being sentenced to jail. Although his friends condemned themselves how they saw him screwing his life, they never actually talked to him. The movie is not only about the story of failure of the protagonist, but also of all those around him to save him. It's about relationships and the collective responsibility it entails.
One of the best scenes in the movie is the "Mirror speech" scene in which the Monty's mirror reflection starts to curse every single ethnic group, race, and even his own friends and family after seeing the words "fuck you" written on the mirror. The scene can be interpreted as a clash between his unconscious and his rationale blended with the principle of "condensation and displacement" by Freud. His reflection in the mirror being part of his unconscious that condenses his desperateness and anger from his life and displaces it into hate for almost everyone in New York City; it can be that he blames everyone in the city in an attempt to escape that his choices were not his fault only. But then at the end of the scene, when he curses himself, it was the time he recognized that it was his own choices that led to what he is in today and no one other than him is responsible for that.
It was not only Monty that acknowledges his failure, his friends as well acknowledged theirs by not helping him; however, Frank was not so clear about this aspect. There was one scene in which both Jacob and frank were talking about what happened to Monty while watching workers cleaning Ground Zero from Frank's apartment window in which Frank criticized Jacob's for believing that they would see Monty again after finishing his jail sentence. However, when he had the same conversation with Monty, Frank ended up saying the exact opposite. He even promises to help Monty get set up when he comes out. And in the same conversation at the window Frank says to Jacob:
Yeah, he got caught. But our old Monty is a fucking drug dealer. Shit. What, are you driving a vintage super V? No? Yeah, he is. Paid for by the misery of the other people. He got caught and will be locked up. And I'll tell you something else; you two are my best friends in the whole world. I love him like a brother, but he fucking deserves it. He deserves it (25th Hour).

After this scene when they all went to a club to enjoy the last few hours with Monty. There he begins to wonder what responsibility does he share in Monty getting into prison. He starts to express these thoughts to Naturalle, Monty's girlfriend. He mentions how he never said a word to discourage Monty from becoming a drug dealer. When she replies that Monty would have never listened anyway to make him feel better, Frank begins to accuse her to be part of Monty's downfall as well. He points out that she is even more to blame because she enjoyed living with Monty from drug money. It could be understood that frank at the beginning did not want to confess to himself that he is part of his friend's fall down, but later he realized that not only him but all of them share the responsibility of Monty continuing drug dealing.
Before the final scene Monty asks Frank to make him look ugly so the prisoners wont think he is good looking and weak in the first day and sexually harass him. He pushed Frank into doing it by telling him "I think you can, you know what I think you want to, too, a little bit. You think I deserve it a little bit. For years you've been giving me that look, like you want to smack some sense into me. This is your chance. I need it, Frank." (25th Hour) He knew frank thought that he deserves all of what is happening to him at one point. So he decided to redeem himself from the slave role he would have played in the prison by ruining his face. It is hard for one to take such a decision, but to get salvation sacrifice was a must.
In the final scene, it was not very clear whether Monty went to jail or ran away to the west as his father advised him. His father, while picking him up to jail so he can turn himself in, took him to a far town in the west where all people there are running away from something so he can disappear and never come back home. There he searched for a job and after a while secretly he contacted Naturalle to come. They lived together and built a big bonded family that cared for each other. All of a sudden, the scene goes back to Monty in his father's car driving down the way. All of that was nothing but a foreshadowing to what he thinks would happen if he takes a choice to escape. This foreshadowing supports that he did actually go to the jail since if he did not the scenes of him going to a far town a building a new life for him would not have been just an imagination in his mind.
½ April 18, 2015
25th Hour has a charismatic performance by Ed Norton with some interesting references to 911 but in the end there is no link between 911 and Month Brogan's last 24 hours in the free world. The film would have been much better without the 911 references. The characters are interesting and the story is entertaining. There is some great script writing. The film could have had a little more meaning but it did keep it realistic.
March 29, 2015
Awesome Spike Lee flick. Say what you want about the guy and that he might be pro-black about everything, but the man is a very prolific and stylistic filmmaker. And Ed Norton gives one of his best performances since American History X
March 29, 2015
Awesome Spike Lee flick. Say what you want about the guy and that he might be pro-black about everything, but the man is a very prolific and stylistic filmmaker. And Ed Norton gives one of his best performances since American History X
½ March 28, 2015
Good movie. Made you think.
March 26, 2015
Incredibly powerful film with Norton who has one day left before going to prison re-evaluates his life. More power to the film obviously made shortly after 9/11 and Nortons rant during the film obviously reflected the way most New Yorkers were feeling at the time.
½ March 25, 2015
Smart Spike Lee flick with good performances all around.
½ March 23, 2015
Original story with a powerful ending.

The story of a man who is about to go to jail (for the first time) for seven years for drug-related offenses. The movie shows his last hours before he is to go to jail.

Quite original and interesting in that it deals with a situation which occurs to many people every year. Shows how he deals with it, or doesn't, and how his friends and family deal with it.

On the downside, is quite slow and doesn't really feel like it is going anywhere, until the final few scenes. Very powerful ending.

Solid performance by Edward Norton in the lead role. Philip Seymour Hoffman is is usual reliable, convincing self as one of his friends. Barry Pepper is irritating as another, but maybe that was the plan.

Good support from Rosario Dawson and Anna Paquin. I found Brian Cox a bit irritating as his father though.
March 14, 2015
Fraquinho. Definitivamente, não curto filmes do Spike Lee.
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