October 3, 2008 - IGN was among a group of journalists who attended an early screening of 24: Redemption today. Airing Sunday, November 23rd, the TV-Movie marks the return of Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) for the first time since 24's sixth season ended, in May 2007. Thanks to the writers' strike, the seventh season was delayed a full year, until January of 2009, but Redemption serves as a prequel to Season 7, and of course as a way to tide fans over after this unusually long wait.
Minor Spoilers follow: As previously reported, Redemption picks up some time after Season 6, with Jack now living in the African country of Sangala, where he's working as a missionary, alongside his old colleague Carl Benton, played by Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting / The World Is Not Enough). Sangala is under siege by a vicious warlord, who is recruiting local children for his militia. And when that militia targets the kids under Jack's care, well… Let's just say Jack doesn't stand by and let it happen.
Redemption is an interesting experiment for 24 - while the movie does follow the real time format (as Jack tells us at the start, "The following takes place between 3:00pm and 5:00pm), it's obviously not part of the long, 24-hour uninterrupted storyline the series takes place in. There's even a prologue that uses (gasp!) a time jump, as we are introduced to some of the militia during the day, and then cut to their rather horrific initiation of a kidnapped boy at night.
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