25th Hour
25th HOUR. 2002

Director: Spike Lee

Reviewed by Paghat the Ratgirl

Headed to prison as a drug dealer, Monty (Edward Norton) doesn't know who dropped the dime on him. he could've gotten less time if he'd turned state's evidence against Nikolai (Levan Uchaneishvili) but then the Russian mob would kill him.

25th Hour (2002) tosses in a hundred action-thriller components, yet they all sit in the background of the story.

In the fore of the film, daringly enough, it's about the effect Monty's criminality has had on his Puerto Rican girlfriend Naturelle (Rosario Dawson), his boyhood friends (Philip Seymour Hoffman, etc), his father (Brian Cox), as well as his "new" friends in organized crime, & even his dog Doyle.

It's full of all the tension & threat of a gangster film. But the little climaxes always have more to do with human feelings of sorrow & regret. This is a fine, fine film with great acting from wonderful character actors.

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