The movie takes place in New York City where we get to follow the main character Monty Brogan. It all starts with a scene in which Monty and his companion Kostya saves an abandoned and hurt dog. The dog survives and follows him throughout the film as ”Doyle”. The film then cuts to present time where Monty meets an old friend now working as a teacher in their old school, at this point we hear about ”the party” when Monty invites this friend called Jacob Elinsky. Through a serie of flashbacks we get to know his past as a drug dealer and that D. E.
A busted him during a razzia in his own apartment. He was sentenced to serve 7 years in the Otisville prison, and this was his last day before having to turn himself in. At this point he spends his time trying to find out who set him up, only two persons knew where he kept the money and the drugs (In the sofa). Those two were his girlfriend Naturelle and Kostya, his partner. At first he’s very suspicious about Naturelle as she didn’t have any physical assets tied to the business and the drugs, Kostya on the other hand was his companion and was a part of the dealing.
Somewhere around here we get to know Frank Slattery, a successful bond trader and Monty’s oldest and best friend. Frank and Jacob meets up in Franks apartment overlooking Ground Zero before heading to a bar to join up with Naturelle and Monty for their last night together for 7 years. Outside the club Jacob runs in to one of his under age students whom Monty invites to the party. While in the club a serie of events happens, Jacob makes out with his student, Frank promises Monty that they’ll open a bar together when he gets out, Frank confronts Naturelle with his thoughts about her being the one who sold Monty out.
While all this is happening, Monty and his companion Kostya pays a visit to Uncle Nikolai, a Russian mobster. Nikolai gives Monty some tips how to survive prison, and then reveals that Kostya sold him out and then kills him. Monty leaves together with his old friends, in a park Monty convinces Frank to bruise him – just to look ugly for the first day of his sentence and to make a good impression. At this point Monty goes home where his dad picks him up to drive him to the prison. Along the way his father offers to turn off the highway and just continue out in to the desert until they find a small town o start over in, they’ll have one last drink and then never see each other again. Monty would start a new life and after a couple of years send a word to Naturelle to come and live with him, get a family and live happily. Reflections The feeling I got of Monty during the film was that he’s very unsure and insecure of what to come. How would you react if you knew that you only had 25 hours to say goodbye to everyone? 25 hours to prepare for a 7 years of your life locked up in a rough environment where pretty boys aren’t pretty for more than a few days.
I think his reactions, thought and feelings was quite typical and not far from what I would have felt if it was me. The entire film plays in an almost depressing tone, there are no turning points that makes everything better, no superman to rescue Monty Brogan. The film gives a depressing feeling and is quite dark overall, reflecting over a mans last 25 hours of freedom. The film doesn’t have a single message and purpose, it has many messages and all are open for different interpretations, which is interesting and opens up for thoughts and reflections after watching.
This is also something that opens for a lot of discussion regarding possible symbols in the film, I think one symbol might be the dog in the beginning when Kostya talks about Doyle’s law (referring to Murphy’s Law), the dog is saved and named Doyle as a proof that everything doesn’t have to go wrong. Turning points is something that this movie doesn’t have as such; I’m talking about real turning points in the films present time here. You could see the killing of Kostya as one, when Monty finds out that Kostya turned him in to the police and you could see the D. E. A razzia on Monty’s apartment as one.
But yet again this story is basically about a mans last 25 hours of freedom, merely a distance to be travelled where we get to follow Monty when he’s wrapping up his life preparing for prison. We get to see a couple of flashbacks with turning points but they are the ones that put him in the situation he’s in and doesn’t affect the present time directly. The movie ends peacefully with Monty and his father passing the George Washington Bridge, leaving the escape route behind. The film is set in present time, I think the production year was 2002 but it feels like it could have been yesterday when watching.