Saturday, April 23, 2011

25th Hour (2002)

This is your last day of freedom;
The last day to smell the flowing air;
Last chance to look at things random;
Noticing which before didn't seem fair...

What will you do when you learn that today is the last day of your freedom before being imprisoned? Do u mourn? do u cry? do u try to run away? or u rejoice the last moments, with your friends? Montgomrey Brogan faces the same dilemma when he is accused of hiding drugs at his place and has to go to prison for atleast 7 years. he decides to take in all the good things with him, at the same time worrying about "what will happen to me in prison"..... And all throughout this film we follow monty's journey through his last day and the reactions and interactions with his close ones...

Edward Norton is brilliant as usual in his portrayal of this seemingly confident but gullible inside character. Philip Seymour Hoffman does the role of a teacher smitten with his student but unsure of the next course of action to perfection. Barry Pepper uses his enticing good looks to play the successful broker and a realist friend.. Rosario Dawson as naturelle was completely natural but sometimes lacking expressions.. All in all the whole cast did a splendid job.

Some scenes of the film command special mention. The "f**k you all" scene where monty lets out his anguish in the form of hatred for the several racial groups and right before the end where people of all those races are seen waving and smiling at monty and he reciprocates. These are very symbolic of harmony and are really cherish-able. The last monologue by monty's father where he gives another chance to set everything right, to run away and build a new home, to realize all the unfulfilled dreams is another scene which makes us think about the futility of freedom....


  1. Interesting!!! ... But, Why would you write about a movie that's nearly a decade old!

  2. I like to watch movies... and timeline hardly matters.... just trying to share information about good films :)