25th Hour

25th Hour

DVD - 2003
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Monty Brogan is facing a seven year prison sentence for dealing drugs. On the night before he has to go to prison, he decides to go out with his friends one last time, and re-examines his life in the process.
Publisher: [United States] : Touchstone Home Entertainment ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2003]
Edition: Widescreen version.
ISBN: 9780788845734
078884573X
Branch Call Number: DVD FILM TWE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (134 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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jimg2000
May 05, 2017

Too young to appreciate this film when I first saw it many years ago. It is a NYC story on three young men who were boyhood friends. Despite of significant career and life style differences, they trusted and treasured their relationship but began to question if they could have done more for each other when one of them was about to serve a 7 year sentence for dealing drugs (hug him when he did good but slap him when he did bad). Released after 9/11 in 2002, it was also about how lives changed unexpectedly and hope of second chances. It is a social drama, a crime thriller and, in the periphery, 9/11 renewal. Ranked the 26th greatest film since 2000 in a BBC poll in 2018. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160819-the-21st-centurys-100-greatest-films

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RescueDog
Jul 11, 2016

Spike Lee. Philip Seymour Hoffman. You know it's going to be well put together & well acted. It was a good movie. But, it's a world I can't relate to. So while I know it's a good movie, I didn't really enjoy watching it. And, I didn't say "Wow" at the end.

Scaltro Nov 23, 2014

Really good, well acted.

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kenmcelroy
Apr 08, 2011

I thought this movie was well written and well paced out. I thought it was especially well filmed, that scene where PSH comes out of the john after kissing his student was awesome. Barry Pepper's character was believable and Ed Norton was well, Ed Norton. All and all a good film

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Muswat
May 21, 2010

Classic Spike Lee Direction and post production.

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fmaack
Dec 06, 2009

A movie about brotherhood and life in New York City after 9/11. It starts out okay but it completely drags in the second half. The central character is played by Edward Norton, it's revealed early on that he's going to jail. It's all a very thinly veiled metaphor for New York City's loss of innocence after 9/11. Life will go after he gets back from jail or so most of his closest friends think. "Don't forget where you're from", blah blah blah.

The characters are New York City tough guy clich├ęs. The thug played by Norton, the Russian thug who struggles with English. The girlfriend played by Rosario Dawson wasn't very convincing.

The only character I really liked was the one played by Phillip Seymor Hoffman and he was underused and pretty much a B-plot character. His relationship with a young student of his had little to do with the plot and nothing to do with Norton.

By the end there's a long rambling speech by Norton's on screen father about how he will rise up and come back. It's pretty much all about NYC and what will happen in the months after 9/11. I guess Spike Lee didn't expect an illegal war that would last decades to follow 2 years later. I can't fault him for being a bit naive but I can fault him for this flawed movie.

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jimg2000
May 05, 2017

Many quotes in IMDb already. The angry diatribe towards all foreign and stereotypes is a classic. Too long to post:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0307901/trivia?tab=qt&ref_=tt_trv_qu

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