25th Hour (2002)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.  

USA, 2002.  , , , , .  Screenplay by , based on his novel.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Spike Lee, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Spike Lee’s bittersweet love poem to the Big Apple is a dark, brooding tale of hope and redemption. Edward Norton gives a fine performance as a drug dealer who has one last day of freedom left before having to finally give himself over to the police to serve his jail sentence. He spends the day with his two best friends (Philip Seymour Hoffman, ) and his father (), all the while avoiding his girlfriend () whom he suspects might have been the one to rat him out to the cops. The rest of the time he walks the streets of his beloved Manhattan, expressing in anger everything that drives him crazy about it (and is therefore why he loves it so much).

Too many scenes in this film run on way past their prime, a similar fault that Summer of Sam suffered from, but it is still so worthwhile because of Lee’s effectively capturing a battered, post-9/11 city whose bleeding heart remains an open wound (the shots of Ground Zero are especially eerie beyond belief). Terence Blanchard contributes one of the most beautiful film scores of the year, the key element that gives this very emotional film its almost nightmarish mood.

Berlin Film Festival:  In Competition

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Original Score

One Comment Add yours

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s