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25th Hour

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Edward Norton, Rosario Dawson, ...
25th Hour: David Lee

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+

Based on David Benioff’s novel, 25th Hour concerns the last free day of Monty Brogan, an Irish kid from Brooklyn who matures into a convicted felon. Before Monty goes up the river, he and his pals go out on the town. As adapted by Spike Lee — a director who cannot help but turn a Nike ad into a mash note to New York City — the movie nods to Martin Scorsese’s ”Mean Streets,” Woody Allen’s ”Manhattan,” and Lee’s own ”Do the Right Thing,” and the setup is less a premise than a pretense. The story of Edward Norton’s Monty doesn’t gain momentum; rather, it winds down, spinning out varied character studies, catchy slice-of-life vignettes, perfect urban vistas, and a meditation on Ground Zero along the way.

With his first feature film, ”She’s Gotta Have It,” Lee was tagged ”the black Woody Allen,” and he’s since developed into a cinematic Norman Mailer (emerging as both provocative and pugnacious). With its democratic raptures, hurtling monologues, and mongrel energy, ”25th Hour” suggests that Lee could become a media-age Walt Whitman. He contains multitudes.

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