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But playing off the fears of Sept. 11, 2001, is, in 2008, played out. Jack Bauer as Superman, or even Underdog, is tired.
Benefits not only from the change of venue but also from the luxury of incorporating so many first-rate actors, including Robert Carlyle.
Redemption is at its best when it focuses on action, not the after-action reports, and its best is awfully good.
Redemption does set some nice, bouncy balls rolling for January.
A serviceable although not exceptional place-setter.
Redemption didn't so much whet my appetite for the show's full-time return in January as it did remind me of the many problems I had with it the last time it was on the air.
This Washington-based storyline, clearly there to set up threads for Season 7, is the part that really feels like 24, demonstrating that jolts of icy tension can be created out of nothing more than two people in a room, talking.
Less diluted plotlines [plus] more Jack Bauer action [equals] the promise of a 7th season that can reclaim some of that 24 intensity that was severely lacking last season.
Jack's heroism this time out is just too grandiose-the title is the tip-off. It's not a phone rebate he's redeeming. I would have liked that better.
24: Redemption is a solid bridge between two seasons, but one that gives you few clues as to whether past problems have been fixed.
Redemption is hampered with performing a tough double duty, and seems fated to be at odds with itself. And yet, it succeeds in the end with sloughing off the series' creakiness and wiping the deck clean.
It's still a dark and brutal program, but there has clearly been a creative reassessment of the show. It's the kind of self-awareness that could resurrect a series that looked like its popularity might be sliding away.
Kinda good but Jack Bauer didn't really do much like in the series, I wish he would have been in more action but what can you do... anyways it's just two hours of real time.
Set 18 months where Season 6 of '24' left off, former government agent Jack Bauer is in a self-imposed exile in the fictitious African country of Sangala where he hopes to escape from a U.S. investigation of him for his past methods, and to run from his past. Bauer works at a mission school for orphaned children run by his friend Carl Benton. The country is at the mercy of a rogue warlord general named Juma who is plotting a coup to overthrow the government and his right-hand man Colonel Dubaku, is abducting orphan boys and forcibly recruiting them into Juma's army. Bauer and Benton must work together to save the dozen or so boys and try to get them out of the country before Juma takes over. Meanwhile in Washington D.C., it is Inauguration Day where the outgoing President Noah Daniels is handing over the presidency to the first female president Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones). Hearing about the coup, Daniels wants to evacuate the country before it falls to the rogue general, while Taylor thinks otherwise. Elsewhere, Taylor's son Roger and his fiancée Samantha get wind of information from a friend about suspicious money transactions where he works at a local brokerage firm. But neither he or Roger are aware that a corrupt corporate mogul, Jonas Hodges, is plotting with General Juma to overthrow the government for monetary purposes and will do anything to keep his nefarious plans under wraps.
Ok but not a patch on the series.
Filling the gap between the seasons 6 and 7 this TV special combines most of the show's assets: Kiefer Sutherland BEING Jack Bauer, political intrigues, action in real time, annoyingly stupid minor characters, themes from actual world problems (in this case boy soldiers in Africa) and so forth. That's entertaining, but not entirely as nail-biting-exciting as the seasons usually are. Fans should still be pleased, if only as set up for season 7.
24 is a great TV show!
This "film" doesn't really exist as a stand-alone movie. It only serves to bridge the gap between Seasons 6 and 7. It was highly entertaining and full of action, like most 24 episodes. And it set the stage well for Season 7.
Not too much to say about it really. Just don't watch this thinking it's a spin-off movie because unless you watch the show, you'll have no idea what's going on.
PS... Jack is bad ass!
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