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25TH HOUR

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25th Hour

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
134 minutes
Limited Release Date:
12/20/02
performer:
Edward Norton, Brian Cox, Rosario Dawson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anna Paquin, Barry Pepper, Aaron Stanford
director:
Spike Lee
Producer:
Tobey Maguire
distributor:
Touchstone Pictures
author:
3740
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B+

Edward Norton plays Monty, a yuppie drug dealer who has one day to go before submitting to a seven-year prison stretch, and the role plays right into Norton’s gift for letting brainy anxiety detonate just beneath the surface of a scene. The director, Spike Lee, stages a long, bravura nightclub sequence in which Monty and his two old pals let their guards down, and we see that Monty, for all the superficial acceptance of his fate, is living in a frozen state of terror and denial. There are some contrivances, but the movie is held together by the toughness and pity of Lee’s gaze.

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