I came across this title after reading up on it, being a big fan of both Spike Lee films, and in particular Mr Edward Norton, I waited long and hard for it, and it certainly paid off. 25th Hour is quite simply brilliant. Fair enough it's not going to sweep the box office, and it doesn't have a particuarly large budget, yet what it does have is some superb performances, a brilliant screenplay and some wonderful cinematography, and exceeded all my expectations.
Ed Norton, once again provides a sensational performance, often rolling off 5 minute+ dialogue's with shear emotion and power, that the viewer becomes engrossed in the character. With a great supporting cast, such as phillip seymour hoffman and in particular, I was very impressed by Barry Pepper, his character was very diverse, but he played it so beautifully, certainly one to look out for.
Every character in the film has individuality, and in their own way show their complexitities of the meaning of life throughout the film. The scenario and story is quite brilliant, and your left thinking of what you would do in the same situation. The ending is shocking, and left very open, which leaves you thinking for hours after. This film comes very highly reccomended to anyone. It's easily one of the best film's I have seen in the last few years, I just hope Edward Norton does not sellout in which so many great actors have, if he keeps executing great performances like this, I cannot wait to see him again. Superb Film, watch it!