25th Hour

I have had several chances to watch this film, but I just never have.  The first time I tried it was on cable television, and no offense, but I really don’t like watching movies on cable tv.  The movie is rated R, and I have always felt that the movies are too chopped up to watch on tv.  Sometimes R rated films are very bad, but if I’m going to watch a film, I would much rather watch it uncut.  So, one day I caught it on one of the encore channels and sat down and watched it.  The film is based on the The 25th Hour by David Benioff, whom also adapted the book into a screenplay.  The film itself was directed by Spike Lee in 2002.

The cast includes Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Brian Cox, and Anna Pequin.  Norton plays Montgomery “Monty” Brogan, a convicted drug dealer wha has one last day of freedom before beginning a seven-year prison sentence.  The film uses flashbacks throughout his last day of freedom to show how he fell in love with Naturelle (Dawson) and how he would be convicted of selling drugs.  Many events occur through the day, such as spending time with his girlfriend, his father (Cox), and his two best friends Jacob and Frank (Hoffman and Pepper).  The movie unfolds and you can tell Monty is very afraid to go to prison and many conspiracies are made throughout the film on who ratted out Monty and will he go to prison.

Edward Norton lead this stellar cast on his character’s, Monty, last day.  The script was brillant along with the acting and directing of the film.  The film depicted somewhat of how life was post 9/11, not really politically, but how New York went on after the events of 9/11.  I give the movie high praise and I think you should check it out.  It is rated R for strong language and some violence.

Mason

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