4. 25th Hour
If you woke up knowing that you only had 24 hours of freedom left, what would you do?
Don’t worry, 25th Hour isn’t one of those ‘race against time’ sort of films. However, although the movie is relatively slow paced (there aren’t any car chases or explosions), it does get you thinking about the ‘what ifs’ in your life, while simultaneously drawing you into the life of its protagonist, Monty Brogan (played by the amazing, Edward Norton).
In addition to being extremely philosophical, the entire cast of 25th Hour deliver heart-wrenching performances which stay with you long after the credits stop rolling. It’s also quite amazing how, in spite of the fact that each individual actor/actress executes their part so powerfully, they manage to do so without upstaging everyone else in a scene.
Now, while Edward Norton, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rosario Dawson, Anna Paquin and Brian Cox were absolutely fantastic in their respective roles, I think that a special mention should go to Barry Pepper for his performance in one of the film’s closing scenes. I honestly don’t think that I’ve witnessed a fight scene quite so brutally beautiful for quite a long time.
Best Lines: “Yeah, fuck you, too. Fuck, me? Fuck you, Fuck you and this whole city and everyone in it…From the row-houses of Astoria to the penthouses on Park Avenue, from the projects in the Bronx to the lofts in Soho. From the tenements in Alphabet City to the brownstones in Park Slope to the split-levels in Staten Island. Let an earthquake crumble it, let the fires rage, let it burn to fucking ash and then let the waters rise and submerge this whole rat-infested place… [pause]…No. No, fuck you, Montgomery Brogan. You had it all, and you threw it away, you dumb fuck!”