24 Redemption (2008) Review – Jack Bauer’s Boring Hour

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24: Redemption
(24: Redemption - 2008 - CC. 20th Century Fox)
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“I don’t have a choice you son of a bitch” – Jack Bauer, 24: Redemption (2008)

Am I really the best person to give a review of this film? No, absolutely not. There will be people better suited to watching and reviewing this film than me. I’ve not watched the television programme yet, I do have the first season on boxset somewhere though. Still, the adventures of Jack Bauer were somehow made into a movie format. I’m fairly certain it was broadcast as a two hour bit of television, but considering this is a DVD they cut out the adverts.

After living in isolation from the events of season six, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is called back to service. The US Government wants to question him, for something he did in the television show or something. He’s been living in isolation for the past few months at a children’s school in Africa. His task is to stop an African warlord from recruiting more children into his military. The supporting cast includes Jon Voight and Robert Carlyle. Don’t worry though you will never see Robert Carlyle in another piece of 24 ever again. As far as I’m aware this movie is his only appearance.

Honestly before I even get into this review I will admit I do like Kiefer Sutherland not just as an actor but also action hero. He seems to have choreography down and nailed rather well. Not only that but he does actually have quite a good performance throughout. If it weren’t for the rest of the cast then maybe this would have been a film worth viewing. I will admit then that Kiefer Sutherland has got my attention. Really he’s got me looking forward to beginning the first season of 24, but that’s not enough to rally me on through this film.

Oh yeah, Robert Carlyle is in this film for a bit (24: Redemption – 2008 – CC. 20th Century Fox)

Actually the acting as a whole in the initial parts of the film was rather good. That really didn’t stick around for long though. Soon the performances became quite genuinely grating to view and one of the worst parts of this film. That’s not saying much though considering how much else went wrong. If anything the acting in this film, or the lack of it, is one of the few highlights. Even Kiefer Sutherland, who I have literally just praised, began to annoy me. To be honest in a situation such as this one it can be put entirely down to the script.

It’s beyond me as to whether or not the people that wrote the television show wrote the film. If they did then my hopes are certainly diminished for the viewing of the television show. To be fair the unique shtick of the television show was that it did in fact take place in real time. So to stick to this formula they just have to make sure the adventure lasts for one hour and twenty minutes? Well, because it was a television made movie, they took adverts into account. So what should be a two hour adventure is one hour twenty, and forty minutes for watching adverts of sofa beds.

I’m really not sure what to make of this film. With my other reviews I have some recognition of what I’m actually watching. With this one I’ve really no idea what to make of it. As I’ve stated in pretty much every paragraph so far, I have yet to watch the television show. But to be fair I’m a firm believer that this should really not matter. This film at the very least tells me which character is which so from there it shouldn’t make much of a difference, right?

Kiefer Sutherland is surprisingly good in the role of an action hero (24: Redemption – 2008 – CC. 20th Century Fox)

To be honest, it really doesn’t make all that much of a difference. A couple of subplots explain how the new President comes about and so on. But one plot in particular really bothered me. As far as I’m aware it was created solely for this movie and this movie alone. It’s beyond me as to whether or not it adds anything more to the show. Basically one of the minor characters figures out something smells fishy, and then he gets put into some cement. That wraps that up then, I guess.

Surprisingly one of the parts of this film that I enjoyed the most was in fact the cinematography of it all. The fast cut editing with the blocks and stuff will make sense if you’ve watched the television show. For the first few times it was done it was actually quite good. But then it began to get old. I can’t describe how it got old so fast, but it’s just something about the way it is shot that is uniquely dull. Still, this film seems to be raised on the fact that whatever works for the TV show will work for the film. It’s pretty obvious why they would think this, but it just doesn’t work. To be fair this was a TV movie.

Verdict

I’ve always wanted to watch 24 before and this has done a good job of putting me off. I’m still going to get round to watching it, probably after Better Call Saul, but if this is what the show is like I can’t say I’ll be too happy to watch it. Usually a film has something unique surrounding it, regardless of how bad or good it is. For this film, it has literally nothing. Nothing sets it apart from the crowd in any way, shape or form. It’s quite weird actually, because it should be something I’ve never seen before. There’s literally a part of this film that is exactly what happens towards the end of Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017).

Honestly it feels like I’ve said nothing for the past 1000 words. Really it doesn’t feel like I watched this film. I have indeed watched it, I have the DVD as proof of that. But to me there’s just something about this film that feels like every other action film I’ve ever watched. Maybe it’s because I’m overworking myself and everything is blending together, who knows. All I know is that I’m pretty sure I’ve seen this done before, and I’m certain I’ve never seen this film before. I’m going to have a lie down and take some Migraleve, this film was headache inducing because of how generic it was.


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24: Redemption
Ewan Gleadow
I've been writing for various different places for roughly four or five years now. Currently focusing my writing on film reviews, politics and occasional game reviews. Hopefully you enjoy my work, be sure to contact me if you have any criticisms or praise.

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