JACK IS BACK.
As the U.S. President (William Devane) arrives in Britain to negotiate a treaty, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), who’s been on the run for four years, resurfaces. Four years after the end of the original 24 came this follow-up, which can be viewed as a miniseries or shortened extra season. It’s as if nothing has changed, for good and bad. Nothing out of the ordinary has been attempted, but the change of scenery to London makes a difference and it is well-paced action (especially without the burden of 12 additional episodes…) that stays explosive, with few bumps in the road story-wise. Several characters from earlier seasons return, including Devane in an emotional turn as the ailing President.
2014-U.S. Made for TV. 516 min. Color. Directed by Jon Cassar, Milan Cheylov, Adam Kane, Omar Madha. Teleplay: Robert Cochran, Joel Surnow, Manny Coto, David Fury, Evan Katz, Sang Kyu Kim, Tony Basgallop, Patrick Somerville. Cast: Kiefer Sutherland (Jack Bauer), Mary Lynn Rajskub (Chloe O’Brien), Yvonne Strahovski (Kate Morgan), Kim Raver, Tate Donovan, William Devane… Benjamin Bratt, John Boyega, Stephen Fry.
Trivia: Shown on TV in 12 episodes. Judy Davis was allegedly considered for a part.
Last word: “I think the most difficult thing for me, in the six months leading up to shooting, was dealing with my nerves, and realizing that we’re opening this up again and trying not to be scared of it. […] I was very fortunate to have Jon Cassar, our director, because I must have annoyed the life out of him. For the first three days, I kept walking up to him going, ‘Does that feel right to you? Does that look right to you? Does it sound right?’ And he was like, ‘Kiefer, it’s perfect. It’s great. I wouldn’t have moved on, otherwise.’ I didn’t believe him, so he had to endure that for a few days.” (Sutherland, Collider)