Matt Bellner of Burbank is an actor.
What would you do if you had only 24 hours to live? That is the
main question of the film, “25th Hour.” If I were put in that
situation, I definitely would not see this movie again. That does not
mean “25th Hour” is a bad movie, it’s just boring and not very
The main problem is that we are supposed to feel sympathetic for
convicted drug dealer Monty Brogan, played by Edward Norton. Monty is
about to go to prison for seven years and has 24 hours to get his
life in order. He also contemplates running to avoid jail.
I do believe “25th Hour” should be seen by anyone considering a
career in drug dealing. Drug dealers drive hot cars, own cool clothes
and get VIP treatment at nightclubs.
If they get arrested, however, they lose everything. Monty loses
his beautiful girlfriend, his father, his friends and his freedom.
I give director Spike Lee credit for examining post-Sept. 11 New
York, but at times, it feels forced and adds little or nothing to the
In the end, I feel “25th Hour” is about two hours too long.
“25th Hour” is rated R for strong language and some violence.