24 7.00 Redemption (2008, TV) – 4/10 review

Kiefer Sutherland: Jack Bauer
Cherry Jones: Senator Allison Taylor
Bob Gunton: Ethan Kanin
Colm Feore: Henry Taylor
Powers Boothe: President Noah Daniels
Robert Carlyle: Carl Benton
Peter MacNicol: Tom Lennox
Gil Bellows: Frank Trammell
Hakeem Kae-Kazim: Colonel Ike Dubaku
Siyabulela Ramba:
Jon Voight: Jonas Hodges
Executive Producer: Kiefer Sutherland
Executive Producer: Jon Cassar
Executive Producer: Howard Gordon
Writer (Series’ Creator): Joel Surnow
Writer (Series’ Creator): Robert Cochran
Writer: Howard Gordon
Director: Jon Cassar

24 7.00 24: Redemption (2008)

Jack’s been dodging a subpoena that will take him back to America to answer for his illegal actions and has wound up in Sangala, Africa, with an old special forces buddy, Carl Benton, who is operating a school. When the country falls prey to an impending military coup, Jack and Carl have to ensure their charges get to a US evacuation five kilometers away but Jack also needs to avoid getting arrested.

4/10

Opening with a "kill the cockroach" refrain but confusingly not talking about Peter MacNicol this special two-hour filler between 24 seasons six and seven is the very definition of filler: continuously, offensively dull. Jack Bauer continues to borrow the windpipe of a much older man (either that or he smokes a thousand cigarettes a day) and insist on getting himself tortured. That said, commendably, this features significantly toned-down violence for 24 with much of it taking place off-screen or portrayed very briefly. The only moment of lingering violence is Bauer’s contracturally-obliged torture scene and that gives it a greater impact and is, again, remarkably restrained for this show. 24: Redemption also features Jon Voight on sneering Anaconda form and it would make season seven immeasurably better it he again gets swallowed by a giant snake. Twice.

This 24 episode contains gun violence, torture scene, gory and unpleasant scenes and sensuality.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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