A bit of a departure from what usually is expected from director Spike Lee, 25th Hour tells the story of a drug dealer who has recently been sentenced to a prison term and is dealing with the last days before he begins to serve it. The majority of the film surrounds the main character as he delves into introspection regarding his friends, his girlfriend, the rest of his life and eventually coming to grips with the fact that he is going to lose a distinct part of his life.
Unlike many of Spike Lee’s earlier films, there’s not distinct African-American theme, but nonetheless the film is exceptional. Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Anna Paquin all give great performances along with a slew of familiar faces in supporting roles. One of the highlights of the film is Edward Norton’s character’s restroom monologue.
In terms of DVD features, you’ll find the almighty deleted scenes and even a handful of featurettes, giving the DVD the complete package for any collector.