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25TH HOUR (2002) Edward Norton plays Monty, a yuppie drug dealer who has one day to go before submitting to a seven-year prison stretch, and the role plays… 2002-12-20 R PT134M Drama Mystery and Thriller Edward Norton Brian Cox Rosario Dawson Philip Seymour Hoffman Anna Paquin Barry Pepper Aaron Stanford Tobey Maguire Touchstone Pictures
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25TH HOUR (2002)

MPAA Rating: R

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EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Dec 20, 2002; Rated: R; Length: 134 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Edward Norton; Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

Edward Norton plays Monty, a yuppie drug dealer who has one day to go before submitting to a seven-year prison stretch, and the role plays right into Norton's gift for letting brainy anxiety detonate just beneath the surface of a scene. The director, Spike Lee, stages a long, bravura nightclub sequence in which Monty and his two old pals let their guards down, and we see that Monty, for all the superficial acceptance of his fate, is living in a frozen state of terror and denial. There are some contrivances, but the movie is held together by the toughness and pity of Lee's gaze.

Originally posted Jan 17, 2003 Published in issue #691 Jan 17, 2003 Order article reprints
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