24: Live Another Day is a thrilling new event series set to restart the ticking clock on the groundbreaking and Emmy Award-winning drama. Set and shot in London the suspenseful series will once again follow the exploits of agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland). Four years ago Jack was a fugitive from justice. Now in exile he is nevertheless willing to risk his life and freedom to avert yet another global disaster.
When 24 finished its eighth and final season in early 2010, it was a bit of an anticlimax. After a great few years at the start of its run, it had gradually got worse and worse and was far from being the great show it once was. There was talk of a movie to round things off, but for various reasons it never happened. A couple of years passed, and fans became resigned to the fact that we'd probably seen the last of Jack Bauer.
Then, in mid-2013, there was an announcement: 24 was coming back. Kiefer Sutherland was on board for a special "limited series" of 12 episodes rather than the usual 24, and the terrorist-fighting action was going to be transposed to London (rather than the usual American settings). I was wary: it felt like a bit of a half-hearted attempt to "get the band back together", and after the mediocre eighth season, I was worried that the series would still be limping along when it returned to our screens in 2014.
Still, as a fan, I dutifully tuned in for the first episode of 24: Live Another Day (sounds more like a James Bond film, no?). And... it actually wasn't bad. In fact, it was pretty good. And as I continued to follow the series, I realised: this was better than 24 had been in years. Jack was back. And it truly felt like the return to the show's glory days that fans had been hoping for.
Part of this is probably due to the fact that it was a shorter series: by reducing the action to just twelve hours rather than a full day, the writers were able to cut away all the flab that you usually get in a series of 24 (the soap-opera plots, the red herrings, all the extraneous stuff basically) and concentrate on telling a cracking story with several decent twists and turns.
The story deals with an attack on London by a female terrorist as revenge for the death of her husband (another terrorist) years ago. Hijacking a fleet of American drones, she threatens death and destruction on the capital (and occasionally makes good on her threats), at the same time as the city is being visited by US President Heller (who returns from the previous series of 24 along with his daughter, Audrey, Jack's one-time love interest). This draws Jack back out of hiding, and he teams up with computer whizz Chloe (who also just happens to be in London... just go with it) to beat the baddies.
It's a nice reunion for these characters - as well as a villain from the earlier series whose return is quite a surprise - and they slip back into their roles as though they've never been away. Sutherland in particular has never been better, conveying Bauer's tortured (literally) history and world-weariness through the subtlest expressions and vocal inflections. And by the time the show has built up to its big finale, you'll be so invested in these characters and their world again that you won't want it to end.
OK, so the plot developments are occasionally a little far-fetched, but that's 24 for you. And sometimes the real-time aspect is stretched (for example, to allow people to move between different locations quickly), but again, that's 24 for you! Even the more character-oriented subplots that have been a bit grating and distracting in earlier series work well here, particularly the one about the President's dementia and his difficulties in dealing with his UK counterpart, the Prime Minister played here by Stephen Fry (one of the show's only weak links in acting terms).
This is a fantastic revival of a once-great series that should please longtime fans no end - my only caveat is that I wouldn't recommend it to newcomers, as a lot of the drama relies on knowledge of past events from the series that are regularly referred to, and you'll get a lot more out of it if you go back and watch those earlier seasons first.
And if you're a real fan of 24 then I'd definitely recommend picking up this bluray, as it contains an exclusive extra bonus short film that explains what's happening with another fan-favourite character who didn't show up in this series: Tony Almeida! Yes, Tony is back too - but you'll need to pick up this boxset to find out how and why.
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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play The highly anticipated television event 24 returns with more explosive action than ever! Exiled in London for the past four years former Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer (Emmy winner Kiefer Sutherland) joins Chloe O&39;Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub) in the deadly fight against a terrorist determined to kill President James Heller (William Devane) - and thousands of others - in retribution for a US drone attack With plot twists unfolding in real time and starring Kim Raver Tate Donovan and Benjamin Bratt 24 Live Another Day is one pulse-quickening minute after another!2006 Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 24
All 12 episodes of the ninth series of the real-time suspense drama starring Kiefer Sutherland. Set four years after the end of the eighth season, President Heller (William Devane) is on a state visit to London when news reaches CTU Director Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt) that Jack Bauer (Sutherland) has also surfaced in the city. Putting all his efforts into apprehending Jack, Navarro refuses to listen to the former agent's grounds for being in London. While Jack tries to explain that he has reason to believe there is an assassination attempt being planned on the life of President Heller, Margot Al-Harazi (Michelle Fairley) starts her preparations for taking over six US drones to launch an attack on the President on foreign soil. Will Jack be able to stop her in time?