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25th Hour
(轉捩一刻)


by Peter Malone,3-6-2003

25th Hour

Director: Spike Lee
Cast: Edward Norton, Barry Pepper, Rosario Dawson
Duration: 135 minutes

25th Hour is not your typical Spike Lee 'joint'. Rather, it is a focus on America in general, especially on three white Americans, three 30-somethings at crisis points in tbeir lives.

Edward Norton is convincing, as usual, in his performanceas Monty, a 31 year old reformed drug dealer who had begun dealing while at school and has continued working for Russian interests in New York City. His change of heart is symbolised by his taking pity on a dog, who has been bashed near the river where he walks and contemplates. In a discussion about Murphy's Law, which his friend thinks is Doyle's law, he takes him to a vet, calls the dog 'doyle' and the dog becomes his favoured companion. He is in a long relationship with a Puerto Rican American, Naturelle (Rosario Dawson) whom he suspects of turning him in.

The 25th hour refers to him giving himself up to police for a jail sentence after 24 hours with his friends and family. His friends are played most convincingly by Philip Seymour Hoffman, a seemingly repressed literature teacher who is full of lustful feelings especially towards a provocative young student played by Anna Paquin, and Barry Pepper as a no-prisoners-taken Wall Street whiz-kid.

The film focuses on life in the broad scope of New York City, from the schools to Wall Street to drug dealing. The older generation is represented by Brian Cox as Norton's father, a retired alcoholic fireman who owns a bar. There is also 'Uncle' Nikolai, the Russian Mafia drug lord, imprisoned in three countries, but now dominating the trade with his brutal henchman. The younger generation is represented by Mary, dressing provocatively, trying to get into the club, wanting high marks and prepared to give anything to get them, gulping down champagne, some extasy and reacting in shocked amazement after flirting with her teacher when he kisses her.

This is not usual Spike Lee territory. The focus is not on African American issues but rather the broader picture of Lee's own city which he lovingly photographs. He has a scene where the two friends discuss the meaning of life overlooking workmen at Ground Zero. However, there are two flourishes in the Lee manner, a rap attack on everyone and everything, spitting out biases against all races, migrants and religions in the US, spoken by Ed Norton as he looks at himself in a toilet mirror in his father's bar. There is also an over-romanticised fantasy of the American dream at the end, spoken by Brian Cox as he drives his son to prison.

While this ending may seem oversweet but ironic as Norton goes to do his time, beaten by his friend so that he will escape sexual attack in prison, there are many good things in the film, not least the very strong performances which bring the characters and their crises alive.

 


 

 



轉捩一刻

導演:史碧李
演員:愛德華諾頓、巴利柏伯、羅剎妮奧杜森
片長:135分鐘

本片並非大家一貫看慣的史碧李典型作品,相反,電影集中描寫一般美國人的故事。片中三名白種美國人均是三十多歲,生命正面臨危機。

愛德華諾頓的表現一如以往,具有說服力。他飾演三十一歲改過自新的毒販,讀書時已在學校販毒,繼而一直在紐約市為俄羅斯人謀利。一天,他行經河邊思考時,看到一隻被毆傷的狗隻,產生憐憫。影片透過他對狗隻的憐憫,象徵心腸的改變。他與友人討論「梅菲定律」,友人卻認為那是「道爾定律」,諾頓遂帶他到獸醫處,稱呼那隻狗為「道爾」,牠成為了他的好伴侶。諾頓與波多黎各裔的女友(羅剎妮奧杜森飾)拍拖多年,他懷疑她向警方舉報自己。

「第廿五個小時」是指男主角跟友人及女友相聚廿四小時後,向警方自首,面對牢獄生涯。菲臘西摩荷夫曼飾演諾頓的朋友,極具說服力。他扮演一位受壓抑的老師,對青春少艾充滿性幻想,特別是對由安娜柏昆飾演的女學生瑪莉;另一友人則是巴利柏伯飾演的華爾街神童,他不能接受囚犯朋友。

電影的焦點集中描寫紐約市不同層面的生活:學校、華爾街以至販毒。拜恩高斯代表年長的一輩,他飾演諾頓的父親,是一名酗酒及已退休的消防員,擁有一所酒吧。還有俄羅斯黑幫毒梟尼高拉叔叔,他曾於三個國家服刑,現在與兇殘的拍檔操控著毒品交易。年輕的代表則是由安娜柏昆飾演的瑪莉,她打扮性感前往酒吧,並盤算著不惜一切以換取高分數。她一口氣喝下香檳及服食迷幻藥,挑逗老師並因著他親吻自己而顯得興奮難耐。

本片內容並非史碧李慣性談論的題材,他這次描寫的並不是非洲裔美國人的問題,而是廣泛討論他最愛拍攝的家鄉 - 紐約市。其中一幕講述兩名友人一面討論人生意義,一面俯瞰在世貿遺址工作的工人。然而,片中有兩個精闢的「史碧李場面」:諾頓在父親酒吧的廁所鏡子前,爽直唱出對所有人、所有事的不快,他猛烈地道出美國人對不同種族、新移民及宗教的歧視。另外,片末拜恩高斯駕車載諾頓到監獄,他談及美國人的夢想都是過份浪漫化的幻想。

結局或許顯得有點過份美好,但諷刺地諾頓準備服刑時,卻遭到朋友毆打,原來他們希望諾頓藉此避免在獄中被其他囚犯性侵犯。片中有許多好事,演員精采的演出演活了劇中人物及其悲痛。

翻譯:羅展凰
編輯:王慧慈

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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