Monty Brogan (Norton) is about to be sent to prison for drug dealing. He spends his final day of freedom with his girlfriend, his father and his two best friends, all the while determining who really sold him out.
Lee's post-9/11 elegy to his home city has some obvious flaws - the teacher/pupil flirting sub-plot, the over-extended final reel fantasy life - but 25th Hour proves that big ideas and an indie sensibility can still flourish inside the studio system. One of the more entertaining and thought-provoking Spike Lee Joints in a long while...
Reviewed by Alan Morrison
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