25th Hour

25th Hour

Blu-ray Disc - 2014 | Blu-ray version.
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Follows the experiences and thoughts of a man on his final day outside of prison as he prepares to be incarcerated.
Audience: OFA rating: 14A.
Publisher: Burbank : Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 2014.
Edition: Blu-ray version.
Branch Call Number: Blu-ray FIC Twent
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (135 min.) : digital, sound colour ; 12 cm
video file,Blu-ray
Language Note: In English dubbed in Spanish with French and Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Sep 16, 2019

This is a gritty Spike Lee movie that takes place in New York City just after the 9/11 attack. What I enjoyed about this movie was the focus on the characters and their relationships with one another supported by some very good acting. Actor Edward Norton plays the protagonist, who gets caught by the police for selling drugs. He is not a bad guy, just someone who made one too many mistakes. Spike Lee is an African-American writer/director who has been producing some very good films. He did a wonderful movie called Malcolm X. This film does not focus on the African-American community, but rather the lives of friends in New York City.

Jul 05, 2018

25th Hour, Spike Lee's devastating, sobering homage to individualism and the ever present 3rd rail of taking responsibility for one's own actions. The film's gripping power stems from not being sanitized by political correctness, multiculturalism, safe space proselytizers, genderless society fantasists, etc. No doubt Brogan's rant would necessitate today's main stream media apologists to warn that 'viewers may find this material disturbing'. Sad. Yes, NYC 2002 is an alien landscape for today's minions of approved groupthink. Reality bites. Bonus: the most captivating, adrenaline imbued, individual centered, financial trading episode as yet unsurpassed. Slaughtery's whopping OEX contract position sets up not only him, but his brokerage as well, for oblivion. Boffo character performances all 'round. Awesome 5-star scene. Available on YouTube.

May 05, 2017

Too young to appreciate this film when I first saw it many years ago. It is a NYC story on three young men who were boyhood friends. Despite of significant career and life style differences, they trusted and treasured their relationship but began to question if they could have done more for each other when one of them was about to serve a 7 year sentence for dealing drugs (hug him when he did good but slap him when he did bad). Released after 9/11 in 2002, it was also about how lives changed unexpectedly and hope of second chances. It is a social drama, a crime thriller and, in the periphery, 9/11 renewal. Ranked the 26th greatest film since 2000 in a BBC poll in 2018. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160819-the-21st-centurys-100-greatest-films

Jul 11, 2016

Spike Lee. Philip Seymour Hoffman. You know it's going to be well put together & well acted. It was a good movie. But, it's a world I can't relate to. So while I know it's a good movie, I didn't really enjoy watching it. And, I didn't say "Wow" at the end.

Scaltro Nov 23, 2014

Really good, well acted.

May 21, 2010

Classic Spike Lee Direction and post production.

Dec 06, 2009

A movie about brotherhood and life in New York City after 9/11. It starts out okay but it completely drags in the second half. The central character is played by Edward Norton, it's revealed early on that he's going to jail. It's all a very thinly veiled metaphor for New York City's loss of innocence after 9/11. Life will go after he gets back from jail or so most of his closest friends think. "Don't forget where you're from", blah blah blah.

The characters are New York City tough guy clich├ęs. The thug played by Norton, the Russian thug who struggles with English. The girlfriend played by Rosario Dawson wasn't very convincing.

The only character I really liked was the one played by Phillip Seymor Hoffman and he was underused and pretty much a B-plot character. His relationship with a young student of his had little to do with the plot and nothing to do with Norton.

By the end there's a long rambling speech by Norton's on screen father about how he will rise up and come back. It's pretty much all about NYC and what will happen in the months after 9/11. I guess Spike Lee didn't expect an illegal war that would last decades to follow 2 years later. I can't fault him for being a bit naive but I can fault him for this flawed movie.


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May 05, 2017

Many quotes in IMDb already. The angry diatribe towards all foreign and stereotypes is a classic. Too long to post:


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