So is it called “Redemption” or “Exile”? The original title for the 24 movie coming in November was “Exile”, but then I got a press release from FOX calling it “Redemption” for the DVD release. Who knows. What we do know is that Jack Bauer is back in a 2-hour movie this November, which will introduce a new bad guy played by Jon Voight, an arms dealer with ties to powerful people, including the new female President? Maybe. Or at least, he’s got powerful enough connections that he gets to attend her historical inauguration. A new, longer trailer for the movie has shown up, including some SPOILERS.
SPOILERS courtesy of E! Online:
Jack is in [the fictional African country] Sangala working at a school run by Carl Benton (Robert Carlyle) a friend of Jack’s from when he was in Special Forces. This works out well, because when Juma’s henchman Col. Dubaku (Hakeem Kae-Kazim) comes looking for the kids it means Benton has a convenient stash of semi-automatic weapons on hand for Jack to play with. A well-choreographed and exciting firefight ensues, and Jack does his usual bang-up job of taking down the enemy, but in the end Juma’s men get the upper hand.
When Jack is captured by the bad guys, he ends up being subjected to torture (they want him to give up the whereabouts of the kiddos), and then we happily learn that he has at least one move in common with fellow TV badass Sayid Jarrah. Care to guess what that move might be?
Cherry Jones is perfect as new President Allison Taylor, a woman who is simultaneously warm and chilly. You get the sense that she’s a softie on one level and a very cool customer on another. The scenes where she meets with President Daniels (Powers Boothe) to finish up the transition between their two administrations positively crackle with tension and conflict.
Jon Voight’s Jonas Hodges is going to be a brilliant villain. He has a downright evil gleam in his eye as he rearranges the globe in to his personal satisfaction, despite the fact that his self-interest ravages the health and happiness of millions of others.
In addition to the children who are brainwashed and destroyed by Juma, there is one scene where a Sangalan woman essentially volunteers herself into sexual slavery if only State Department official Frank Tramell (Gil Bellows) will help her escape the country. Somehow that one scene illustrates the debasement of an entire nation, and it all leads back to Hodges.
24: Redemption or Exile (or whatever they want to call it) hits the airwaves November 23, 2008, leading to the seventh season of 24 in January 2009.