25th Hour


Spike Lee's classy post-9/11 New York drama is ostensibly about a convicted drug dealer's busy last day before jail (or "the hoosegow", as no one seems able to resist calling it). But forget the unsavoury selling-substances-in-schoolyards backstory to Norton's convincingly sculpted Monty Brogan: this movie's really about love, loss, greed, betrayed trust and fallen heroes. And, perhaps inevitably for a Spike Lee joint, the biggest fallen hero of all is the battered Big Apple, with a ghostly Ground Zero making a thumping, resonant cameo.

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