Spike Lee’s film, 25th Hour is a gripping movie centered around a drug dealer’s last day of freedom before he is sentenced to seven years in prison. In the final 24 hours of freedom Monty Brogan, played by Edward Norton, must say good-bye to his loved ones; and find someone to take care of his dog. Monty begins to question his girlfriend’s loyalty; and dwells on his first day in prison.
This was one of the first major films to deal with NYC in the aftermath of 9/11. With the nation still in a fragile state, it makes us question morality. Spike Lee does an excellent job of expressing immorality through the characters lifestyles. Through their actions and decision making, we see that no one is squeaky clean. Yet somehow we feel empathy for Monty throughout the movie.
At times there are no words, but the emotions and feelings are beautifully conveyed. We see Murphy’s Law –anything that can go wrong, will go wrong- several times. In classic Lee fashion, he takes a serious tone to send a message; leaving the viewer perplexed, angry, unsure, and connected to the main character. If you are a fan of Spike Lee this is a must see.