25th Hour
2003
Monty Brogan has 24 hours to spend with his two best friends and his girlfriend before he's sent to prison for seven years for dealing drugs. Spike Lee directs this meditative drama set in post-9/11 New York.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

To most viewers, Lee just can't seem to make a film bigger than himself. They cite Norton's racist monologue as dangerous self-indulgence by Lee, even though that scene is in the original novel. Doesn't Lee deserve credit for crafting such a powerful drama while juggling its themes? Cool indifference separates these three young men from their victims, and staring in the face of that which he fears most, each man loses his cool. There's much going on under the surface, which is the compliment Lee never gets.

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