[REVIEW] 85/100 - THE 25th HOUR (Spike Lee, 2002) "Overall an excellent film with stylistic tendencies and visual appeal. Spike Lee’s direction is fluid and committed, giving the viewer a strong sense of his aims and themes. In spite of this, the film suffers from some notable pacing issues..." Read More: http://bit.ly/1rIgtvp
Spike Lee's best since Malcolm X and certainly his best work since. This is a heartbreaking, incendiary, gripping, and powerful film. Lee's touch goes hand in hand with the film's tone and atmosphere. He goes over the top with the editing, which pulls you out at times. Regardless, it's a wonderful film with brilliant performances, a rich story, and features the best use of a post-9/11 backdrop.
Cette dernière nuit d'un mauvais garçon avant qu'il n'aille en prison tient forcément de la fatalité et sonne comme une tentative de rédemption. Malgré du superflu et de la caricature, voire une fin un peu grotesque à force d'être lyrique, il demeure une tension dans ce sobre instant de bascule en suspend. Et c'est là tout entier que se tient le cinéma.
There are at least four very good performances at the core of the film, with the underrated Barry Pepper delivering the best amongst the supporting cast. Lee adopts an ellipitical editing style that leaves many of the actions and decisions of his characters seeming to come from a place of desperation and impulse, as if every one of them is suffering a traumatic loss.
A film about second chances, which manifest themselves in double-take edits whenever characters embrace, and a meditation on how we grapple with life-altering events. The rubble of the WTC provides the backdrop to this cousin of Do the Right Thing. The earlier film concerns itself with the buildup to the "big event," while The 25th Hour is more concerned with the aftermath. An important entry in post-9/11 cinema.
Brilliant! Edward Norton's calm demeanor is perfect for the role of a man going through an existential crisis as he draws closer to his seven year sentence, after being caught for drug smuggling. Spike Lee's genius is in the way that he guides us through so many complex characters lives with their own in depth stories without distracting us from the main plot.
Surprisingly poignant and impressively stylistic (well, it's Spike Lee), I'm very glad I saw this film before the decade ran out. Lee really has a way with directing his actors and here extracts first rate performances out of an impressive cast. Also, the way this 2002 film occasionally deals with the 9/11 tragedies is daring, necessary and interesting