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25th Hour

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    25th Hour

    Spike Lee is a director that it took me a while to watch. Call it the prejudices of growing up in a southern right wing Christian family, but I always got the impression that he was a racist black man blaming all the black race's social ailments on the white man. Having been raised by members of both races, I'm not fond of that type of mentality. Finally, I decided to educate myself on Lee's films, and started with the amazing social commentary of Do the Right Thing. Boy, was I wrong. Since then I've watched a few Spike Lee joints and never got the impression that he was a racist, but that he was highly aware of the racial and social tensions that came with living in the big city, and you see a little bit of that in 25th Hour.

    In 25th Hour, we meet Montgomery Brogan, a former heroine dealer for the Russian mob recently pinched and spending his last day as a free man with his family and closest friends before spending the next 7 years behind bars. Among his friends he has: Jacob Elinsky (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a high school English teacher coming to terms with his crush on one of his students (Anna Paquin); Frank Slaugherty (Barry Pepper), Monty's oldest friend who's dealing with the fact that his best friend is a drug dealer and he never tried to stop him; Naturelle Riviera (Rosario Dawson), his girlfriend who may or may not have sold him; and his dad, James Brogan (Brian Cox), who would rather see his son run far away and never come back than go to prison.

    25th Hour is more of a character study than anything else. The movie surrounds a party where each member of Monty's entourage comes to term with what's going on in this life. While featuring what's going on in the present, we also see flashbacks that help flesh out the history of some of our more notable characters as Lee expounds on the whodunit of selling out Monty. Lee still approaches the racial and social tensions as Monty fights with his subconscious in an effort to remember that he screwed up his own life. Lee does a great job at presenting the struggles of life in a big city, and as always in a Lee movie the big city is a living breathing character in and of itself.

    The acting pedigree in this movie is nothing to sneeze at either. Featuring Golden Globe and Oscar nominated talent such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anna Paquin, and Brian Cox, as well as other notable actors like Rosario Dawson and Barry Pepper you expect nothing but the best. The movie completely belongs to the tortured performance of Edward Norton. This performance recalls his work in American History X, while delving into different areas of guilt, depression, and owning your situation. I would argue that Norton even goes deeper into the character, giving a more nuanced performance that is less preachy than he did in the aforementioned movie.

    The one main fault I would have to pin on this movie is pacing. For the most part the movie flows perfectly, but the flashbacks, while serving to build up the characters, don't help the narrative flow properly. If you were to ask if this movie is an enjoyable movie and worth watching, I would have to answer with an enthusiastic yes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie!

    I love this movie; both the performances and the soundtrack are pretty outstanding. Although the plot is simple, the analysis of the different characters keeps your attention, making the movie both emotional and intense.

    The images and dialogues are all in line with the usual Spike Lee movies.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One Of Spike Lee's Finest...

    I am an avid Spike Lee fan, I am also a New Yorker...this film is one of those rare films out there that I can watch over and over like it was the first time I've seen it. The story is about a guy whose on top of his game and then loses everything and how he spends his last 24hours before he is enters a whirl wind of hell in prison. Edward Norton does a great job (As he always does) and so does the rest of the cast (Hoffman, Pepper, Dawson, Cox, Paquin, and even Ex-Football player Tony Sirgusa) pull off wonderful performances. Everything about this film is wonderful from the story to the characters to direction to the cinematography to the music to the City itself, especially being one of the first films to be shot in NYC after 9/11. Spike Lee did a fine job with this gritty film which carries his touches and the Spike Lee fans would know what I'm talking about especially if you've seen "Do The Right Thing," but also he creates new ones as well. Usually when you watch a Spike Lee Joint, you know it's a Spike Lee Joint, this one is different and can resignate with any viewer. I have to rate this one in my Top 5 all time personal favorites, since there are so many levels being touched within this film (Style, Grace, Humanity, Nature, Racism, etc.) and I believe this to be the best NYC film to be released since 9/11. So I know if you're an avid Edward Norton fan or any of the cast and crew, you'll love this tale...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A New York City

    Gritty. Tough. Street-smart. All these adjectives would describe this film, and most importantly, New York City. I loved Norton's acerbic rant. Among Spike Lee's best films, in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great new york flick

    25th hour is one of my favourite movies ever.its a good study of life, and it especially captures the emotion of post 911.the cast is top notch, and spike lee did a great job directing it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES OF ALL TIME

    When renting this movie I thought it would be boring, but decided to give it a chance. I'm really glad I rented this movie now because it ended up being of my favorite movies of all time. Edward Norton does excellent acting in this movie, but so do all the other stars in this movie. An awesome story, with a very good ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Spike Lee has made another masterpiece!

    I saw this movie and after the first scene i fell in love with it, it is a great film and it should be watched over and over so you can trace Lee's symbolism. The movie is about a man who was a drug dealer, but is busted and has 24 hours till he goes to prison, he reconnects with his old life, and he wonders who turned him in. As the movie unravles so does the plot. Filled with classic Spike Lee moments and great Directing, one of the best films of the year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the best character study i have ever seen

    A heart wrenching look at a man who has choosen the wrong path in life and now must pay for his sins in full. Never before have I seen such a wonderful portrayl of characters. 25th hour also gives a very true but very risky look at the mind set of americans (especially New Yorkers) after 9/11. This is a spectacular cinematic acheivement that should be given a standing ovation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Film I have seen this year.

    25th Hour is an excellent movie, chocked with symbolism. A great movie.

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