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25th Hour (2002)
Meandering road to nowhere.
25th Hour starring Ed Norton, Barry Pepper and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, is brought to you by Spike Lee of such fame as Malcolm X and Jungle Fever. Featuring a choppy cinematography especially during its dialog, this two hour and fifteen minute, meandering road to nowhere details the last 25 hours of a pinched drug dealer's free life and seems to actually take twenty-five hours to do it. On the plus side, Norton's monologue on New York is amusing in its audacity, taking on issues from hasidic jewelers to Osama Bin Ladin in a five minute rant that would make Dennis Miller blush. Other than this and a few chuckles this movie s full of issues from not really knowing how it ended to the fact that in Spike Lee's fantasy world you're allowed to drive yourself to prison after not having a trial to convict you of drug trafficking. * 1/2
I don't usually comment on films on IMDB, but I feel obligated to use the immortal words of Jon Lovitz as Jay Sherman to describe this movie: "This Stinks!" If you have read the Hitchhiker Trilogy, please spare yourself the trauma of seeing this movie. Not that you'll suffer through more than 20 minutes of it before turning it off. This dismal piece of crap is nothing like what you may have envisioned while reading the Trilogy. I owned this movie for less than a day before I returned it to Suncoast, demanding my money back.
The canonical text requires some measure of intelligence to truly appreciate whereas this film is an ignorant spoof that is so poorly done it almost makes fun of itself. Once again I urge any fans of Douglas Adams to resist the urge to see the their vision of The Guide with this film as it will ruin your opinion of the story.