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25th Hour

Edward Norton , Philip Seymour Hoffman , Spike Lee    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Academy Award(R)-nominee Edward Norton (Best Actor, 1999, AMERICAN HISTORY X) heads an amazing all-star cast in the critically acclaimed Spike Lee (SUMMER OF SAM, DO THE RIGHT THING) film 25th HOUR. In 24 short hours Monty Brogan (Norton) goes to prison for seven long years. Once a king of Manhattan, Monty is about to say good-bye to the life he knew -- a life that opened doors to New York's swankest clubs but also alienated him from the people closest to him. In his last day on the outside, Monty tries to reconnect with his father (Brian Cox, THE BOURNE IDENTITY), and gets together with two old friends, Jacob (Philip Seymour Hoffman, ALMOST FAMOUS) and Slaughtery (Barry Pepper, THE GREEN MILE). And then there's his girlfriend, Naturelle (Rosario Dawson, MEN IN BLACK 2), who might (or might not) have been the one who tipped off the cops. Monty's not sure of much these days, but with time running out, there are choices to be made as he struggles to redeem himself in the 25th hour.


Le militantisme radical de ses dernières œuvres avait dérouté même ses plus fidèles admirateurs. Dans 25th Hour, adaptation du roman de David Benioff reposant sur l’énorme talent d’Edward Norton, Spike Lee renoue (enfin) avec un cinéma d’auteur engagé, nerveux et intelligent.

À quoi utiliser sa dernière journée de liberté avant d’aller croupir en prison pendant sept ans ? Voilà en substance la question que pose ce film à travers l’histoire de Monty Brogan, riche et puissant trafiquant de drogue que la police a fini par arrêter.

Dans la lignée d’un Tarantino plus cérébral et plus politique, Spike Lee fait de 25th Hour un film puissant, à l’esthétique urbaine. Une mise en scène audacieuse – soutenue par un éclairage stylisé, des cadrages originaux et une trame narrative comptant sur l’intelligence de son spectateur – sert une riche réflexion sur la rédemption, sur le lâche instinct de l’homme de repousser la faute sur les autres. En soufflant sans cesse le chaud et le froid, Lee semble avoir retrouvé le ton qui a fait son succès, un mélange d’humour, de drame et de poésie. Servi par un Edward Norton de plus en plus convaincant, 25th Hour remet tout simplement Spike Lee sur la carte des réalisateurs qui font avancer le cinéma. --Helen Faradji

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25th Hour... A lot of people have already posted reviews of this movie. Some loved it, some hated it. I am in the first category- although it is dark, tense and slow-paced, 25th Hour riveted me from the first scene, where Monty Brogan rescues the abused dog.
I love Edward Norton. Not only is he an incredibly talented actor, but I find his looks very appealing. He's not a pretty boy or a hunk, yet he has major appeal, and yes, he has definitely got a nice build. But most importantly, he has a way of using facial expressions that is irresistable. Fight Club was a great movie, and he is a great actor, but this has to be his finest work to date. I bought 25th Hour because he stars in it, and I loved it because he made the movie. It was well directed in my opinion, and the supporting cast were wonderful, but if it had starred anyone else, 25th Hour would likely have been something not worth watching. Even a well directed film with a great supporting cast can fail if the lead is miscast. In this case, casting was spot-on.
Edward Norton IS Monty Brogan for 25th Hour.
If for just a few scenes, this movie would be worth watching- Monty's f*ck-you rant to the mirror in the bathroom of his father's bar, the scene where his apartment is searched by the DEA, the interrogation scene, the scene between Naturelle (Rosario Dawson) and Francis (Barry Pepper), the 'make me ugly scene'- these scenes could have made a mediocre movie great. But the movie was already great- these scenes made it unforgettable. I watch it once, and as the end credits roll I immediately want to watch it again. That is what denotes a great movie- I'll never tire of 25th Hour.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This movie, Spike Lee's latest offering, is essentially his offering to New York as a parting gift. If you allow yourself to be immersed in the movie then you'll find yourself overtaken by it. The colours, the characters, the story, the pace, the music - all are brilliantly balanced by the director to make this one of the best movies to come out of 2002.
The characters that Lee (and the writer of the screenplay, whose name I've forgotten) presents are complex and human. Just like in real life, nobody here is clear-cut, everyone has greater depths than are first seen and it's hard to determine who you sympathize with and who to blame. The performances are all, without exception, excellent.
The story, simply put, is a character-based drama. It's about Monty (Ed Norton) and his way of dealing with the fact that he's about to go to prison for 7 years and there's a whole bunch of people and things that he's never going to see again. The movie is about how this affects him, his friends, his business partners (he deals drugs) and his girlfriend.
The DVD's special features include some deleted scenes (most of which were appropriately deleted, in my opinion), a montage of Ground Zero (about 8 minutes long), a short biography of Spike Lee which is informative and to the point (22 minutes long) and commentary tracks by Spike Lee and the writer of the book and the screenplay (I haven't listened to these yet so I can't tell you what I think of them).
It's a really worthwhile movie and one that, if you enjoy it, you'll want to watch again in a month or two as there are definitely scenes that stand out more once you're not obliged to follow the plot too closely.
Highly recommended; but don't plan on being in a particularly jovial mood afterwards.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 911+a man going to jail=???? Jan. 9 2004
This is very mixed up film. Spike Lee tries to draw parallels between the destruction of the main characters life with the devastation of 911. This does not work well at all. It's good for a film to capture a certain time and space, but the post 911 setting it is too overpowering in this film. Spike Lee uses Edward Norton as a vehicle to push his usual politics and vent his many frustrations. The most obvious example of this is the monologue in front of the mirror. His outburst seemed totally unprovoked and out of character. I found it hard to care about Norton's character, and at times I even forgot about him. The ending, whether it was a flash-forward or a dream, was laughable. When I think back on the film, all I remember is Spike Lee complaining and screaming, and he wasn't even in the film.
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One of the many things that make 25th hour such a special film to me is how Benioff and Lee didn't attempt to cram too many events into this plot. This film does take place in just one day, and it's a perfect snapshot of the lead protagonist Monty Brogan's thoughts and actions in that final day before he begins a 7 year jail sentence for dealing heroin, expertly put together by David Benioff and Spike Lee. We see Brogan (superbly played by Edward Norton) walking his dog, talking to his girlfriend, having a meal with his father, going out to a club with his friends, preparing to go to jail and being driven there. It's not over the top, it isn't brash, but it does do what is necessary.

Brogan is clearly worried and regretful. This is faultlessly portrayed by the mirror scene, in which he rants incessantly about the variety of people populating New York, and then realizes that he only has himself to blame for the situation he is in. It's such a human moment, since how many people can honestly say that they have never chosen to blame others, and take their anger out in a vicious way, even if it is just personal thoughts? But it isn't just Monty who feels regret, virtually every other character we focus on does, Monty's father is weighed down by his former alcoholism, and he partly holds himself responsible for Monty's fate. And so do Monty's friends, not preventing him from his choice to deal drugs.

Monty Brogan is not really shown in a 'good' or 'bad' light. Norton plays him as a normal person. He's easy to relate to, and it's a reminder of how anyone can turn out depending on what choices they make. His choice of drug dealing is looked down upon, the interrogators ridicule him, but that is only in the context of drug dealing, not as a normal person.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good but have to love repertoire movie
i enjoyed the product a lot... pretty much like it was advised and even more... i can say im satisfied
Published 10 months ago by james 007
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed
I am usually an Edward Norton fan and his work but I found this movie a little disappointing and would not recommend
Published 13 months ago by Richenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I watched this blind. I missed all the hype of it's theatrical release so, maybe that helped me enjoy the film? But, I must say this is amazing. Read more
Published on April 1 2005 by Christopher
2.0 out of 5 stars Came in with High Expectations.
Maybe I came in with to high of expectations? I don't know, but I did not find this movie enjoyable at all. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by MEF
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing really happens
25th Hour has some enjoyable elements, and works in a special way. A man is sentenced to jail, and is allowed time on the outside to say goodbye. Read more
Published on May 13 2004 by William
2.0 out of 5 stars just average
Spike Lee is one of the Most Creative Directors in the Business but more often than not He gets Cluttered with so many ideas&then loses steam with alot of His Films. Read more
Published on April 23 2004 by mistermaxxx08
4.0 out of 5 stars New York, New York....
Certainly one of Spike Lee`s best movies, "25th Hour" focuses the last day of freedom of a condemned drug dealer (Edward Norton). Read more
Published on April 12 2004 by gonn1000
1.0 out of 5 stars BORING
Very well acted and well shot. Nothing happens. You keep waiting for something interesting, but it never comes along. Read more
Published on April 8 2004 by Amir Talai
5.0 out of 5 stars Allegory About America - Subversive 25th Hour
This movie is amazing, and what's more amazing is that Spike Lee got Disney to make it. This fact, along with the above Amazon review above, only go to show how completely the... Read more
Published on March 25 2004 by youngmonster
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars for 25th Hour
Monty Brogan (Edward Norton) has just one day left before going to prison for dealing drugs. Monty isn't really a bad guy - he's just been "caught" and must now pay the... Read more
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