Jack’s back, but this time he’s only got two hours to save the world, and surprisingly, it’s not precious American lives he’s saving this time, but African children from a missionary school he’s working at. Don’t worry, Jack hasn’t found religion, just a place of solace to hide from his past and his future. But as with all things Jack, trouble seems to know where he’s hiding and always comes calling, not realising that Jack Bauer is a one man army about to smack trouble in the face, all in real time.
So what’s the deal with 24 Redemption and where does this story fit into the Bauer universe? Basically it’s just a bridge between season 6 and 7. It’s a way to help set up the new season without wasting a second of those precious 24 hours. And set it up it does, because of the two hours of redemption, Jack and his Africa missions trip takes up little more than an hour, with political intrigue in the States taking up the rest.
It’s not as action packed as a stand alone Jack Bauer special could be, but it sets the scene for season 7 allowing the season to kick off with a bang, and it does. Part of the special features on 24 Redemption is the first 15 minutes of episode 1 of season 7, and let me tell you, not a single second of those fifteen minutes is wasted, it’s promising to be the best season yet.
All in all, 24 Redemption is one for the fans, or a handy introduction to Jack Bauer for those few people who have never seen an episode of 24.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: M – Contains violence
Released on: February 24th, 2009
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Robert Carlyle, Cherry Jones, Gil Bellows, Tony Todd, Jon Voight, Powers Boothe, Eric Lively, Colm Feore, Peter MacNicol, Carly Pope, Bob Gunton, Sprague Grayden, Sebastian Roche, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Sean Michael, Mark Aiken, Roshawn Franklin, Zach McCall
Length (Minutes): 96
Media Format: DVD
Director: Jon Cassar
Studio: 20th Century Fox