25th Hour: David Lee
Troy Patterson
May 16, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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
David Benioff
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.

You May Like

Comments

EDIT POST