The pulse-pounding countdown gets a jumpstart as 24: Redemption, the unprecedented feature-length event from television?s most provocative and suspenseful series, arrives on DVD November 25th. After sacrificing everything ... more »for his country, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) stands to lose the only thing he has left ? his freedom. Wanted by the U.S. government and working as a missionary in Africa, Bauer is called upon to stop a ruthless warlord from drafting innocent children into his murderous militia. But first, Bauer must confront his own torturous past and face an impossible decision that will change his life forever.
Special features include:
? Extended Edition "Creator?s Cut" featuring over ten minutes of never-before-seen footage (not shown in the television broadcast version)
? Behind-the-scenes "Making Of" documentary
? Children of War featurette
? Cast / Crew Commentary
? "24" Season 6 in Four Minutes featurette
? Season 7 Sneak Peek ? First 16 minutes of the premiere episode« less
""24:Redemption", two-hours long TV movie that premiered last night, is a "bridge" connecting the last season that ended 18 months ago and the new one which we, the fans of the show have been waiting impatiently and which is scheduled to open in January 2009. The film takes place in real time format, just like all episodes do. After watching it, I am excited about upcoming season and I hope that 24 - Season 7 will be more like season 1 than season 6. Judging by the movie, "24: Redemption", there are many reasons for hope. The film is thrilling, gripping, it uses every one of its minutes effectively, and it is much more plausible with its plot and Jack's relations and intentions. It was a good idea to take Jack out of LA and place him in one of hot places on the planet, Sangala, the fictional country in Africa, with very real problems that look too familiar. Jack is back, and he is in great shape, still invincible, resourceful, the man of action who would not lose ability to think clearly and to make the right decision even when being brutally tortured. I am truly sorry that we may not see Robert Carlyle again - the chemistry between him and Sutherland was very real, and their last scene together moved me like not many scenes during all seasons did. But who knows, nothing is what it seems when it comes to 24. Jon Voight's presence promises a creepy dangerous villain, and if the writers of the series keep up with what they did for the movie, we are in for thrilling, entertaining, unforgettable 24 hours from the life of one very special Federal Agent, Jack Bauer."
Matt Milburn | Edmond, OK USA | 06/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Redemption's whole purpose is to set you up for season 7 and it does that soooooooo perfectly. When first watching it, I had to assume that this could possibly be completely lame and just be a stupid excuse for there to be a 24 movie. But NOT TRUE SIR! Redemption gives so much reason for Jack coming back into play. Even the most obsessed fan of 24 (such as myself) has to ask at some point, "how long can this go on and how many times can one man be pulled back into these messes and come out on top every time???" Well, seriously... Redemption continues to make sense of everything and absolutely won't let you down. Plus, if you skip this movie and go straight to season 7, you'll be a little in the dark on a few things. I don't have to tell you that it's a "must have" for any fan of 24 because any fan already knows that as long as its part of the series, it is a "must have.""
Just what the series needed
Gradient Vector Field | MA, USA | 01/21/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is definitely what the 24 series needed! So what would 24 be like if Jack Bauer wasn't at CTU? What would it be like if it wasn't set in Los Angeles, California? Awesome is the answer to these questions. Season 6 had me wavering as a 24 fan. Granted I still think the character is great, but Season 6 was just plagued with bad writing! Jack's dad was the cause behind the problems way too many times for it to be shocking by the end and it lost that edge of your seat action feel without the shocking conclusions.
Anyway "Redemption" has Jack on the run, which is no secret to those who saw the end of last season. Apparently he's already fled to a bunch of different places and we finally catch up with Jack in Africa. It does sort of feel like a cliché rip off of the "Blood Diamond" story in some respects, but honestly they managed to keep me entertained well enough. This really isn't a movie by any stretch of the imagination; this is more of a prequel to Season 7. Which, judging by the way this ended, should be a very interesting season. I won't really give much more than that away as the story is very intriguing and was as action packed as you'd expect from 24.
With missing a whole year of 24, I think this prequel was a great idea in order to bring people up to speed with the next season and to give more depth to Jack's character. The new setting with the war torn Africa was a pretty good choice in my opinion and definitely kept viewers on the edge of their seat, as 24 is supposed to do. At this point I don't think anyone who isn't a fan already will pick this up, so if you're a fan of the show I can't imagine you wouldn't find this enjoyable."
Intro to new season -- a must-have for collector-fans
Walter L. Luffman | Medina, TN USA | 02/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In previous seasons, _24_ has had two-hour premieres (and even four hours, split between Sunday and Monday). Well, IMHO this is the two-hour premiere episode for the new season. Granted, it is not absolutely essential that you watch "24: Redemption" in order to appreciate the 24-episode Season 7 -- but if you're reading this you're almost certainly a fan of the series, and if you're a fan you almost certainly can't get enough of _24_.
What has Jack Bauer been doing since the end of Season 6? You'll find out when you watch "Redemption". And if you happen to be reading this after already beginning to watch Season 7, you can still watch this TV-movie and gain an insight or two into what world events led up to the season's start.
The writing, directing, acting and all other important factors are typical _24_ quality, as you might expect. The two-hour format (less commercial time in the televised version, but there is also an extended version) gives the creative types a little extra freedom to flesh out the story. Personally I was a bit disappointed that this was not the big-screen "24 movie" I was hoping we'd get, but I suppose that still could happen someday.
If you are a fan of _24_, either you have already seen "24: Redemption" or you want to see it. And if buy the box-sets of each season (you do, don't you?), then you absolutely have to add this to your collection. Get it. You won't regret it."
JACK'S BACK...That's a FACT!
Platinum Man | Oakland, CA USA | 01/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After an interminable 18 months of not hearing from the now-iconic former CTU agent, JACK IS BACK, ladies & gentlemen! FOX cleverly ties together the end of the somewhat trite and disappointing Season 6 and the new Season 7. Bauer's been on the move and is in the not-too-fictional African country of Sengala. Well...from humanitarian to freedom-fighter for Jack; meanwhile, back in the States...we have our new Madame President (Cherry Jones) sworn in after a 'kind' word or two from the outgoing President (the always slightly sinister Powers Boothe)...tick tick, tick tick...to corruption in high places in the government, masterminded by Jon Voight. Lookin' good for the regular Season 7 start in January...oh yes, it's started already...and Season 7 so far, after 6 hours, is living up to the hype and punches up the visceral excitement that 24 at its best delivers better than any show has this century!"