- Choisi par nos rédacteurs parmi Le meilleur de l'année 2003.
À quoi utiliser sa dernière journée de liberté avant daller croupir en prison pendant sept ans ? Voilà en substance la question que pose ce film à travers lhistoire de Monty Brogan, riche et puissant trafiquant de drogue que la police a fini par arrêter.
Dans la lignée dun Tarantino plus cérébral et plus politique, Spike Lee fait de 25th Hour un film puissant, à lesthétique urbaine. Une mise en scène audacieuse – soutenue par un éclairage stylisé, des cadrages originaux et une trame narrative comptant sur lintelligence de son spectateur – sert une riche réflexion sur la rédemption, sur le lâche instinct de lhomme 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 dhumour, 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
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.
I have to admit it was difficult to feel compassion for Norton since his character is that of a drug dealer. Perhaps if he was being sentenced for something different, it might have helped gain my compassion.
Worth seeing, even if it is rather depressing at times.