Academy Award-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.
Can you change your whole life in one day?. In New York City in the days following the events of 9/11, Monty Brogan is a convicted drug dealer about to start a seven-year prison sentence, and his final hours of freedom are devoted to hanging out with his closest buddies and trying to prepare his girlfriend for his extended absence.. 25th Hour Wiki
One of the greatest movies made. Spike lee does it again. Great all around.
Um, this film is 9 years old. Rental please? Sorry, but since I have to give a rating, I can only say boo.
With the exception of Malcolm X, most of Lee's career has been dedicated to capturing the 8 million stories that make up NYC. From Son of Sam, to Do the Right Thing. This is his best work. It's about relationships. Life long friendship and the different paths taken and choices made. Ultimately it's about love and trust. What would you do...go to prison or run and leave your life behind. No chase scenes, no explosions, no cheap thrills, just a great story and great acting. The last 10 minutes (his father's dialog) are riveting - "I tell you I believe in God's Kingdom, and I believe I'll see you again...but not in this life" - WOW I highly recommend this film.
Awesome Flick Why is this not for rent? Why are some for rent and some not? What???
It won't appeal to everyone, but it's just an extremely well done cerebral flick.
I downloaded this film because I think Edward Norton is a great actor who has done some really great films. With the other names associated with this film, I expected quite an interesting bit of entertainment. It ended up being quite long and slow moving without much of anything to grab your interest. I kept on waiting for something original to happen but it never really did. The cinematography was not particularly moving either, though I should give credit to two short scenes that were nicely shot. I'm usually quite a generous person, but I really felt this was not an interesting film.
One of Edward Norton's best movies. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I like this movie. There is some great acting
I love this movie. I really like the look, it's beautiful, the colors are so deep and rich. I am a Spike Lee fan he's controversial but intense and he always gives me something to think about. I don't think people give his films a chance or enough credit because of all the controversy. Kudos to Edward Norton too, he's such a cutie.
As an almost lifelong resident of New York City (i was overseas for a couple years) this movie really feels at home. I know people like the people in this movie, it feels creepily familiar. Edward Norton hasn't really had a bad performance that i've ever seen, and he captures the anxiety, despair, and regret of Monty Brogan perfectly. There are som many things you can get from this story that you can watch it ten times and not feel the same way twice about it at the end. I recommend this film to anyone, but especially to us New Yorkers.
Spike Lee has made films involving various subjects most specifically involving Black Crime, culture, sports amongst various other subjects. This is his best film to date (and will possibly be the best film of his carrer). This film also conformed my love for Edward Norton as an actor and one of my primary sources of inspiration, and David Benioff as a writer/screenwriter (see/read also When the Nines Roll Over). Even though I haven't read the book (I will eventually), David Benioff and Spike Lee tell the story of one man (Edward Norton's character Monty), and his last twenty-four hours of freedom to spend time with the ones he loves and cares about the most before his seven year sentence to prison. Every character in this beautiful film you can relate to, Edward Norton portrays an individual who simply is a good person, however took and decided to act upon the wrong path. Philip Semour Hoffman and Barry Pepper have portrayed one of their greatest performances, and play a major key role within this emotional story (notably overshadowed by the tragic events of 9/11 and was one of the first films to show the Big Apple since the attacks). There's Jake (Philip Seymor Hoffman's character) who is an experienced high-school teacher who is considerably lonely and has a secret desire and lust for another student (Anna Panquin's character), there's Frank Slaughtery (Barry Peppers character) who works in the stock market and tends to show blunt honesty towards those he cares about and mysteriously hides his emotions towards Monty's situation. Monty has reason to believe that Naturelle was the one who "ratted" him out, but undeniably cares about her to his loving father ( Brian Cox) who will guide Monty to the last hour of his freedom. Undeniably one of the most emotional stories of all time (and considerably one of the top fourty best films of all time).
A great movie is powerful, you keep watching because you care about what happens. A good movie is intriguing, you keep watching because you are curious. An ok movie, you keep watching because you might as well see it through. This was an ok movie. Ed Norton played his role well, but it pales in comparison to his best work. The story is not powerful, it lacks depth and is on the verge of boring. You expect a twist in the plot that will raise the intensity, but it doesn't come. There are a few moments where the plot starts to take an interesting turn, but it ends up back on the straight and narrow as if the writer didn't have the courage to make bold decisions. As a result, the movie doesn't surprise you, and rather than leaving you wondering what comes next, it leaves you hoping that whatever comes next is more exciting. The potential was there, but it was never developed. Overall, I'm disappointed. There's a reason it's on iTunes cheap rental list.
This is a very well-acted and powerful movie, enough said. Fans of Edward Norton must see this at least once.
A excellent movie to watch - especially if you are feeling depressed and that life has thrown too much your way. Just watch this and you will feel better. You will thank God that you are not in Norton's character's place. My favorite part in the film is when the cops bust Norton in his place. My favorite line in the film: "Shiaaat!" (when you watch it you will know what I mean :) Enjoy! It is well acted and like I said will make you feel better!