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Summary: The 25th Hour depicts the last day of freedom for a young man before he begins serving a seven-year jail term for drug dealing. Prowling through the city until dawn with his two close male friends and his girlfriend, he is forced to re-examine his life and how he got himself into his predicament, which leads to a shocking, disturbing finale. (imdb)
A slow and uneventful portrayal of Monty Brogan and his last 24 hours of freedom. 25th Hour tries to be a powerful tale of morality but its lack of clear and precise direction make it confusing and forgetable.
The story is comprised of several subplots that have little to do with each other, other than they in a thematic sense deal with loss, longing, anger and despair. '25th hour' is extremely unfocused, which is somehow that strangely befitting for a post-9/11 movie. It is almost as if Spike Lee felt that he needed to say something, even though he wasn't ready to talk about it, and this makes for a strange but never irrelevant experience.
With all of the hype surrounding this movie when it came out, I honestly thought that it was...about 9/11. I was horribly mistaken. It just shows the hole in the ground, which I guess was a big deal at the time? I was way off. Anyways, I've yet to see a Spike Lee movie that's really won me over, but I guess if I had to pick one, this is the best of them. The ending is genuinely great, but the hour or so of clubbing and partying is emotionally distancing. Also that monologue is...what is it?
12 Novembre 2011 - En recordaré alguns fragments d'imatges impactants, encara que els personatges no siguin cap gran obra i ni tansols la història entranyi un gran missatge, al meu parer. Es pot empatitzar amb algunes situacions. Les dues seqüències més conegudes del film no són per mi especialment remarcables. Les interpretacions són brillants. La música del Blanchard la trobo en excés "peliculera", d'un heroisme que empobreix fins i tot algunes seqüències. Alguns plans desconcertants.
Well acted, and time well spent watching, but ultimately superficial. I guess that sums up Edward Norton for me, though. If you're a fan of his, I suppose you'll like this (even) more than I did. This is his film. I thought it was not that special.