25th Hour

2006-08-03 09:46

The clock is ticking on Monty Brogan's (Edward Norton) freedom - in 24 hours he goes to prison for seven long years. His crime - 'high class' drug dealing. Once a minor king of Manhattan, Monty is about to say goodbye to the life he knew - a life that opened doors in New York's swankiest clubs but also alienated him from the people closest to him.

In his last day on the outside, Monty tries to reconnect with with his father, who's never given up on his son, and gets together with his two closest friends from the old days, Jacob (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Slaughtery (Barry Pepper).

Also in the mix is his gorgeous girlfriend, Naturelle, 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 a lot of choices to be made as he struggles to redeem himself in his own 25th hour.

What the critics are saying:

"The slightly overblown finale can't quite fulfill the preceding promise, but this is still Lee's best picture in years. Powerful and uplifting, 25th Hour is well worth two of yours."
- Nev Pierce, BBCi

"...this is certainly one of the finest films of the year..."
- Amit Asaravala, filmcritic.com

"...a riveting, emotionally resonant New York drama..."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

Spike Lee has outdone himself with a finely crafted, multi-layered piece of storytelling. Superb character performances round off this powerful film.

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