9/11: Press for Truth
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25th Hour (2002)
USA / English
"This life was so close to never happening "
Cornered by the DEA, convicted New York drug dealer Montgomery Brogan (Norton) reevaluates his life in the 24 remaining hours before facing a seven-year jail term.
Edward Norton Monty Brogan
Philip Seymour Hoffman Jacob Elinsky
Barry Pepper Frank Slaughtery
Rosario Dawson Naturelle Riviera
Anna Paquin Mary D'Annunzio
Brian Cox James Brogan
Tony Siragusa Kostya Novotny
Levan Uchaneishvili Uncle Nikolai (as Levani)
Tony Devon Agent Allen
Misha Kuznetsov Senka Valghobek
Isiah Whitlock Jr. Agent Flood
Michael Genet Agent Cunningham
Patrice O'Neal Khari
Al Palagonia Salvatore Dominick
Aaron Stanford Marcuse
Director: Spike Lee
Producer: Julia Chasman,Jon Kilik,Spike Lee,Tobey Maguire
Writer: David Benioff,David Benioff
The Movie Oscar Forgot
-It's hard for me to make a list of things I'd do if I had less than a day to celebrate my freedom but spending those moments with your loved ones isn't half bad. Monty's last day isn't a celebratory one though since he pretty much spends the bulk of his day making amends to people he's wronged including his dad who he doesn't see too much off and his lovely girlfriend whom he suspects of being the reason why he's in his recent predicament. The movie isn't all about Monty though since we do get to spend a lot of time with his two best friends who are very different. The teacher played by Hoffman has very strong feelings for one of his students and deals with that problem face on during the club scene. The Wall Street friend played by Pepper is the brash hot headed young man that has a thing for Norton's girl and he also deals with that problem in his own unique way in the club scene as well. If memory serves me right I believe that club scene is where a lot of the problems in the movie get worked out from Monty finding out who pinched him to Jacob dealing with his feelings for his young student

-Beniof said he got the inspiration for the story after he heard about two brothers that decided to cut up their faces before they went to jail in order to look ugly so they don't get raped. There is a similar scene like that in this movie and needless to say it is one of the best scenes in the movie or even better yet one of the best scenes to ever hit the silver screen. In that one great scene all the bottled up feeling the friends have towards each other comes out and they finally say to each other what the other has always wanted to say which ends up provoking Pepper to in fact make Norton ugly. It's a very powerful scene in the movie and I really love the decision to pull out the sound of Pepper crying because it does make the scene a lot better. Great moments like that are spread throughout the movie and I think the other noticeably great scene is the "f**k montage" which is Norton pretty much going off on every ethnic and high class person in NY. The reason why that hateful scene works so well is that in the end he turns the table on himself and curses himself out for severely screwing up. Plus the scene at the end when the varied ethnic groups smile at him is also a nice way of letting the audiences know that he's taken back all those mean stuff he said.

-When Monty is being driven to jail towards the end of the movie there's this little haunting monologue by Brian Cox in which he explains how Monty's life would be like if he didn't go to jail and that's one scene in the movie where everything comes to together beautifully. The cinematography has this dream quality to it that makes everything look poetic and Brian Cox' voice narrates the whole sequence whiles being accompanied by a great piece by Terrence Blanchard. That great low key stuff he writes is the highlight of that scene because as great as the narration by Cox is and as beautiful as the cinematography is in the end it all comes down to the music which really shines here. The music he plays for the "f**k montage" is a great one too and in keeping with tradition with that Copeland style it is very removed from what you'd expect. With it being such an angry scene you'd expect the music to be the same but instead he goes for the smooth jazz approach which makes the scene more powerful than if he had gone with some loud horns and guitars. Blanchard is a great treasure to the film music world and I hope someday more people join me in giving him the praise he deserves.

-Of Monty's entire friends the one that sticks out and has the most memorable lines is Barry Pepper. He is the most honest of the bunch and asks questions that we all want to ask but are too chicken to like why women cry after having great sex. He's that friend you have who will go and grab a girl's bum if you dared him to do and we all know friends like that are the best to have around. Phillip Seymour Hoffman is great as the whiny friend that has his own little demons to conquer. Hoffman plays the shy introvert type very nicely and whiles he's not a scene stealer like Pepper he's still pretty good in the movie. Norton himself does a great job as Monty and he along with Pepper were two people I felt were greatly snubbed by the academy. The "f**k montage" alone should have given him a nod. Rosario Dawson and Mentalcritic's favorite Anna Paquin are great in the movie but there are not enough scenes with them to really stand out but it was still nice to see the two gorgeous women on the screen. Another person that should have gotten a nod was Lee for making this great movie. I know he's not the most popular filmmaker in the world but the man is one of the best and I strongly believe that he along with Norton, Pepper, and Blanchard should have received a nod.

-If you hate Spike Lee then you will hate this movie I guess for those of us with an open mind this should provide for some amazing movie moments

Seen it:Ja
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Orginal
Imdb rating: 7.8
Musician: Terence Blanchard
Running time: 135 min
Subtitles: Svenska
Audio tracks: Dolby Digital 5.1 [English]
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