Spike Lee couldn't make an unremarkable movie if he tried. Still, 25th Hour hasn't a quarter of the heart of Clockers or half the brains of Summer of Sam, to mention only two of the director's grossly undervalued works, both of them directly relevant to the one at hand. Like Summer of Sam, 25th Hour takes place during a traumatic moment in New York City history, is set in an almost entirely Caucasian milieu, and involves the ambivalent feelings of boyhood friends who, as adults, have little in common except a reciprocal sense of loyalty mixed with guilt. As in Clockers, the protagonist is a drug dealer caught in a vise of his own making, with the law bearing down on one side and a murderous mob... More >>>