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24: Day 8 - 1pm to 2pm - Review

Kiefer Sutherland, 24

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

What’s the story? Jack (Kiefer Sutherland)‘s mission for justice makes life difficult for President Taylor (Cherry Jones) as she prepares for the signing of the peace treaty. Meanwhile, Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub) leads CTU on a collision course with Jack; and President Logan (Gregory Itzin) meets a formidable foe.

Our verdict: Three hours to go and 24 just leapt off the excite-ometer! Yes, just when you thought the exploits of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer couldn’t get ANY better, the show went and blew you away with one of the most audacious action sequences in the show’s illustrious history.

The sequence in question? Jack’s abduction of former President Logan! “How the hell did he pull that off?” asked a bewildered CTU tech (John Boyd’s Arlo Glass).

Well, by donning an Iron Man-style bulletproof suit and using some really powerful weapons. What’s more, he did it in the middle of a congested New York underpass, which meant pulling Logan from the midst of his heavily protected vehicle.

The sequence was breathtaking by design, yet expert in execution. Jack first took out and immobilised the traffic in front of the presidential vehicle. Then he drew the bodyguards’ fire, taking them out (or injuring them) with semi-automatic fire.

And then, as a terrified Logan screamed “it’s Jack Bauer…. he’s coming to get ME” from inside the car, he smoked his prey out, before dragging him off for a little Q&A.

24‘s creators have long been credited with delivering action sequences that rival their big screen counterparts (and it’s the high production costs of achieving these that are believed to have contributed to the show’s termination), but this one topped the lot. It had to be seen to be believed and it left you on a high. You wanted to cheer afterwards.

But Jack didn’t do what many thought he would, though. He stopped short of killing Logan, despite roughing him up a little. Rather, he extracted the information he required to continue his killing rampage, which subsequently involved Graham McTavish’s Russian diplomat Mikhail Novakovich and his various bodyguards.

Not that this was the end of the line: Rather, by leaving Logan alive and planting a listening device on him, Jack was able to discover that the ultimate blame for the killing of President Hassan and (as a result) Renee Walker lay with the Russian president, thereby setting the scene for yet another jaw-dropping confrontation.

And all this happened in spite of an injury to Jack, which leaves his ability to outlast the mission hanging in the balance…

24 has thrilled us for eight brilliant years, but it seems Day 8 is determined to go out on the highest of highs. After an indifferent start to the season, it’s now better than it’s ever been by virtue of placing Jack on a rogue mission that’s driven more by personal motivation than right or wrong.

Sutherland, as ever, is excellent. Determined, ruthless, cold and calculating, he’s a man with nothing more to lose.

But Itzin, too, has underlined his position as one of the show’s (if not TV)‘s greatest villains. His smugness at being officially recognised as part of the peace process was hiss-worthy, as was his continued manipulations of President Jones. He had positioned her where he wanted her, vulnerable and tainted, and scrambling for her political life.

And yet, as ruthless and scheming as he constantly remains, when placed face to face with an aggressive enemy (namely Jack) he is a jibbering wreck… a coward who would betray his own mother to enhance his own survival prospects.

Itzin conveys every move, every machination, perfectly… and the long-building tussle between him and Jack has been one to savour every step of the way.

With just two hours remaining, however, it’s debatable whether 24 can top its own high standards. But, if the word from America is anything to go by, we can be assured that Jack Bauer’s final hours will enable the show to depart with its head held high, and primed and ready for that tantalising big screen outing!

Roll on those final hours…

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