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4.0 out of 5 stars Live Another Day
Live Another Day, despite its cliched bond esque sub title, presents a slightly fresher take on the old 24 formula. Trimming the series by half and setting it in London as opposed to sunny LA was a canny move and helps revitalise a struggling series.

The usual set up's are there of course. Jack is in hiding, tempted out by a terrorist attack. The president...
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24: Live Another Day is the resurrection of 24 over 12 episodes across 4 DVDs. It takes the usual 24 action adventure to London, making for an interesting environment to that segment of the audience intimately familiar with the city. With most of the 24 characters having been killed off during the various previous seasons there are only a couple of returnees - Jack...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Live Another Day, 26 July 2014
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This review is from: 24: Live Another Day [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
Live Another Day, despite its cliched bond esque sub title, presents a slightly fresher take on the old 24 formula. Trimming the series by half and setting it in London as opposed to sunny LA was a canny move and helps revitalise a struggling series.

The usual set up's are there of course. Jack is in hiding, tempted out by a terrorist attack. The president brings him back into the fold and off he goes on his one man mission to save the world. It's fast and frantic as always and characters come and go and yes there is a mole. 24 would not be complete without a mole.

It is this mixture of old and new that makes the series work....JUST. It isnt perfect, and isnt going to erase the memories of some of the later seasons, but it is a step in the right direction. London makes for a nicely gritty and dangerous feeling location. Some of the new characters are easy to root for and some are not.

Get past the coincedences of everyone being in the same city at the same time and there is some fun to be had. The action is brutal and in some cases quite graphic. The terrorist plot to start with is quite intriguing but then descends into familiar territory with various factions involved at different levels.

The much mooted series ending was a bit of a damp squib considering what had gone before it but Fox isn't about to jeopadise its number one character!

When all is said and done Live Another Day will stand as one of the better seasons. Full of action and incident it is worth a look and with only 12 episodes it flashes by in an instant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack is back and on top form!, 4 Jan. 2015
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I wasn't expecting much from series 9 as I felt 24 has fallen short of its usual high standards over the last few series. However, this series was one of the best yet, I would rank it in the same quality as series 1,2 and 5. Fast paced with an exciting plot. Jack is on top form, darker and more brutal than ever, he'll do anything to accomplish his mission objectives.
As a Brit, I really enjoyed seeing Jack running around London and using the Tube. I think 12 episodes was a good idea, it kept the plot fresh and on point. In past seasons the writers have struggled to fill 24 episodes with intriguing content, this left viewers with annoying and pointless sub-plots. However this was not the case with Live Another Day, every part of the plot linked together nicely and came to a decent conclusion.

I would watch a tenth series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING !!!!!!!, 12 Oct. 2014
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As one of the few lucky people who didn't watch 24 when it aired on tv I bought the full boxest in February. And I binged watched it everyday with no ads no distruptions and fell in love with the show. I was so excited for the start of 24 LAD, and I was no disappointed. Every episode has its 24 memorable moments, the cast is as good as it gets and 24 has efficiently been able to move with the times with their story lines and improved CGI, however still keeping the old 24 grit. I really hope they come back for a season 10 because I can see a great storyline about to unfold which is teased on the special feature featuring Tony Almedia :))

The only complaint and I'm being very picky now is the explosion on the Wembley pitch could of been better visualised but still better than anything else on tv. I would hugely recommend buying season 9 and if you having got seasons 1-8 Amazon have it greatly priced at the moment. One world AMAZING.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The usual excellent 24!, 23 Nov. 2014
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The usual 24, brilliant and gripping drama. Whilst this series follows the well established route that Jack Bauer has trodden for over ten years, it still feels fresh and exciting. We watched the whole thing over two nights and were gripped right up to the end. Other drama and film makers should take another look at 24, it is still one of the best dramas available.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly superb - best one (well I think so, 22 Nov. 2014
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Utterly superb - best one (well I think so!) of all the seasons. So difficult to watch over a few days because it's so compelling. I don't know how people watch on a weekly basis, much better to have DVD or download to watch how many you want back to back.
Gripping, tense, full of drama and 'ooooooo' Jack is great! You won't be disappointed.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 2 Aug. 2014
Just one word can sum up this season of 24; brilliant. I cannot begin how to describe just how much indifference I had when I heard that 24 was coming back. Sure Seasons 1 to 5 were brilliant and had some of the most gripping and thrilling episodes of any TV show ever but by the time Season 8 finished I was just so happy this show was cancelled. Season 6, 7 and 8 were just so bad (I won't include Redemption as I actually liked Redemption). The show in Seasons 6, 7 and 8 struggled to fill 24 episodes with enough action to keep you interested while also concentrating on some of the worst side characters ever. Instead of characters I actually cared about like Tony Almedia and David Palmer I was forced to watch characters I could care less about and also watch recycled plots.

24 Live Another Day has the brilliant advantage of having just 12 episodes to fill while also bringing back classic characters such as James Heller (last seen as the President in the Dark Knight Rises) and Audrey Raines. The show contains a lot less episodes which are basically filler as the writers don't have enough material to go forward with the story. Nobody gets caught in a bear trap (Season 2) although the show does contain the obligatory side characters and plots that somehow become important to the main story.

Simply put the new format works amazingly well and provides 24 with a much needed boost. If you expect the new format means that this show will somehow become more realistic then look elsewhere as the plots are just as ridiculous as ever. But unlike Seasons 6, 7 and 8 Live Another Day is ridiculously entertaining.

If you lost interest in Season 8 and are wondering whether to begin watching again then the answer is Yes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad there is more., 10 Dec. 2014
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Excellent as always. Yes... another deviant plot by some super-duper bad guy but I am afraid you will just have to love it.

Jack at his best. This serious was on TV last night. But still I just had to buy this series (no commercials, some behind the scene stuff, and extras are all the things that TV broadcast doesn't have).

Looking forward to watching the whole thing in one go (well over a few days, perhaps!)

Do you know there is a book to tie in what happens after Season 8 and this new 24: Live Another Day? I didn't know when I ordered the movie. Guess what... I will ordering that, too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful - I love you Jack!, 17 Nov. 2014
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Fantastic. I love this series. We watched it back to back all day saturday. After the 4th dvd I shook the case just to see if by any chance there was another one but no……oh Keifer please make another series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jacks Back To Live Another Day, 7 Oct. 2014
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24 - Live Another Day (DVD).

DVD Info.
Format: PAL
Language: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: 2
Ratio: 16:9 HD
Number of discs: 4
Number Of Episodes: 12
Classification: 15
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Running Time per episode: 46 minutes
Total Running Time: 552 minutes

Special Features.
"24: Solitary" - "24: Live Another Day" featurette.
"Worlds Collide: When Reality Becomes Fiction" featurette.
"24: LAD - Green Production" - featurette
Deleted & Extended Scenes

Cast.
Starring
Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer (12 episodes)
Yvonne Strahovski as Kate Morgan (12 episodes)
Tate Donovan as Mark Boudreau (12 episodes)
Mary Lynn Rajskub as Chloe O'Brian (12 episodes)
William Devane as President James Heller (12 episodes)
Gbenga Akinnagbe as Erik Ritter (11 episodes)
Giles Matthey as Jordan Reed (9 episodes)
Michael Wincott as Adrian Cross (10 episodes)
Benjamin Bratt as Steve Navarro (10 episodes)
Kim Raver as Audrey Boudreau (12 episodes)

Guest Cast.
Ross McCall as Ron Clark (9 episodes)
Branko Tomović as Belcheck (9 episodes)
Michelle Fairley as Margot Al-Harazi (8 episodes)
Stephen Fry as Prime Minister Alastair Davies (8 episodes)
Emily Berrington as Simone Al-Harazi (7 episodes)
Mandeep Dhillon as Chell (7 episodes)
Liam Garrigan as Ian Al-Harazi (7 episodes)
Colin Salmon as General Coburn (7 episodes)
Charles Furness as Pete (6 episodes)
Miranda Raison as Caroline Fowlds (6 episodes)
Adam Sinclair as Gavin Leonard (6 episodes)
Stanley Townsend as Anatol Stolnavich (5 episodes)
John Boyega as Lieutenant Chris Tanner (4 episodes)
Sacha Dhawan as Naveed Shabazz (4 episodes)
Alex Lanipekun as James Harman (3 episodes)
Tzi Ma as Cheng Zhi (3 episodes)
Joseph Millson as Derrick Yates (3 episodes)
Duncan Pow as Captain Greg Denovo (3 episodes)
Philip Winchester as Colonel Shaw (3 episodes)
Tamer Hassan as Aron Bashir / Basher (2 episodes)
Alec Newman as Kevin Cordero (2 episodes)
James Puddephatt as Ken (2 episodes)
David Yip as President Wei (2 episodes)
Aksel Hennie as Karl Rask (1 episode)

What's The Plot.
President James Heller is negotiating a treaty in London, UK, where a hacker named Adrian Cross is preaching free information has enlisted the help of Chloe O'Brian.

Meanwhile terrorist Margot Al-Harazi gains control of six US drones & plans to use them to attack London bringing former CTU now rogue agent Jack Bauer out from self imposed exile & back into the game to stop these impending attacks while a old enemy Cheng Zhi attacks his former country China with hijacked American weapons bringing the two countries to the brink of war.

Major subplots
Jack Bauer disapproves of the group Chloe O'Brian has joined.
Margot Al-Harazi grows suspicious of where the loyalties of her daughter lie.
James Heller tries to manage a crisis amid the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
Mark Boudreau opens himself up to blackmail by forging Heller's signature.
Kate Morgan has been led to believe that her husband committed treason by selling state secrets.
Circumstances reunite Jack and Audrey after nearly a decade.
America's plans for a treaty are derailed when they lose control of their own weapons.
Cheng Zhi partners with the Russians who are looking for Jack.

Trivia.
1)Judy Davis was originally cast as Margo, but had to back out for personal reasons.
2)Antoine Fuqua was attached to direct but dropped out.
3)Michael Wincott (Adrian Cross) is the second actor from his family to be in a '24' series. His brother, Jeff Wincott, had a small role in the second season of 24 (2001).
4)Kiefer Sutherland & Michael Wincott both worked together previously in the film, "The Three Mustketeers."
5)Tony Scott was attached to direct a potential film version of 24 bu sadly died in 2012.

Timelord Thoughts.
Season 9 of 24 is titled Live Another Day & has been cut down from 24 episodes to 12 & after a 4 year sabbatical for rogue agent Jack Bauer the question is has the wait & build up been worth it?

Yes, is the answer as without doubt 24 - Live Another Day is one of the best seasons of the series & is helped by a 12 episode format as the story runs quicker & is tightly paced & plotted with a great energy, drive & enthusiasm throughout that still delivers the high production values & gritty action the show is well renowned for.

It's all here, bombs, interrogations, shootouts, drones, cover-ups, & a excellent sadistic villain in Michelle Fairley who is cold, calculated & emotionless as terrorist Margot Al-Harazi, while Mary Lynn Rajskub returning as Chloe O'Brian complete with new punk-rock style is a colder emotionless broken yet vulnerable character who has endured much heartache during the 4 years since the events of season 8.

Of course the star of the show is Kiefer Sutherland who yet again gives another amazing performance as Jack Bauer who is still wanted for his assassination attempt on the Russian president during the climax of season 8 & is forced from his self imposed exile to aid his old friend president Heller & ex love interest Kim to stop the six US drones that have been targeted to attack London, Jack's incredible escapes & unique anticipation of what people will do that make this always so exciting to watch as Jack is always one step ahead & Sutherland knows how to pitch his character & plays it to perfection.

The new character's get some proper character development & backstory especially Yvonne Strahovski as Kate Morgan who adds grit, determination & gravitas to the series who's character has a point to prove & nothing to lose as she's being retired from CTU as it was uncovered her late husband was selling intelligence to rogue states who was arrested & eventually committed suicide in prison or was he framed? As Kate is suspected of aiding & abetting him.

There is so much story here crammed into 12 episodes yet nothing seems rushed or overlooked & the writing is brilliantly paced that I feel works better with a 12 episode format & still features the usual twists, surprises & shocks culminating in a superb climax that could easily be a great end to the show but leaves just a little thread dangling for possibly another season.

The extras go into the behind the scenes of the making Live Another Day via mini featurettes which are insightful viewing while the deleted scenes don't add much & it's understandable why they were trimmed from the episodes.

Overall, 24 - Live Another Day simply put is a awesome season with great gritty action, excellent writing, good cinematography & sound editing plus great performances by the cast especially Kiefer Sutherland who is fantastic throughout as Jack Bauer & as executive producer doesn't disappoint his fans here & builds the intensity & overall suspense over 12 episodes making this series for me one of 24's best seasons.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Old Jack Is Back, 23 Feb. 2015
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24: Live Another Day is the resurrection of 24 over 12 episodes across 4 DVDs. It takes the usual 24 action adventure to London, making for an interesting environment to that segment of the audience intimately familiar with the city. With most of the 24 characters having been killed off during the various previous seasons there are only a couple of returnees - Jack Bauer of course played even more ruggedly by Kiefer Sutherland - and Chloe played in even more put-upon fashion by Mary Lynn Rajskub.

Fans of the series will find pretty much all the tricks of the 24 trade in effect. The running clock is still great. The real-time action against that clock works. The tension that leads to a cliffhanger pretty much every episode is better than any other series. The cliches that allow Jack to survive against the odds yet again are always present. Fortunately, we can rest assured that not everyone at the CIA London Station (filling in for CTU) can be trusted.

As an action adventure, Live Another Day is exciting. Jack must battle to take down terrorists using captured US drones who attempt to bomb London with them. He must do so as an outsider, a renegade rejected by the country he loves so dearly. Thrown into the plot are secrets being smuggled to the Chinese, the Russians, a Wikileaks style information operation, and a former love interest.

Jack is at his ruthless best in Live Another Day. He is utterly remorseless in his use of extreme violence. Loyal people are killed so he can reach the end goal. Classic Jack as the embodiment of the ends justifying the means. He is not to be trusted at all - only the end objective counts. He even fails to show loyalty to Chloe early on, the one person who has stood by him despite his reign of brutal terror.

Chloe's story is moved on from where she ended up at the conclusion of the regular series. Unfortunately it is moved on in a really sad way that is practically brushed over. The sad revelations about her family life exist pretty much only as a plot device for her to miss a villain at a key stakeout moment.

That stakeout moment is really good. A rare piece of clever use for London's geography as villain Simone Al-Harazi emerges from one of the ridiculous number of exits at Charing Cross. In the main though London is a backdrop only in use for its difference from the previous LA locations.

Using London does mean using more Brits and there are some great ones on display. Simone Al-Harazi is played by newcomer Emily Berrington. She may well be the most beautiful woman 24 has ever seen. Whether in ridiculous Russian wig or when in a style closer to her own natural appearance, Berrington is so beautiful it is much easier to will her to succeed than those opposing her.

Simone's character and the desire for someone so beautiful to win gives Margot Al-Harazi instantly recognisable traits. The writing team skillfully use Michelle Fairley's excellent performance in Game of Thrones and the naive appeal of her daughter Simone as a way of making immediately clear the domineering matriach on display. Fairley does not have to stretch herself in the role of Margot but her gravitas is always present. As with many characters throughout 24's history, Margot does stupid things in the quest to achieve short-term goals at the expense of the long-term. It seems no-one in 24 can think through the consequences of their actions.

Margot's plan overall is a good one, using captured US drones to launch missile strikes on the UK while the US President is in town. Given the skill she has in her team, it should work. It is pretty much only undone by her own lack of long-term planning in sacrificing the love of those loyal to her and because she meets an adversary in Bauer who is prepared to fight less honourably than she is.

The use of drones is inherently political. There is much talk in the DVD Extras of Live Another Day being relevant because it features a salient political issue. Drone strikes have been so incredibly successful against the Bin Laden al-Qa'ida but the morality of their use remains in question. Using the British Indian Ocean Territory for drones is probably something most protestors outside the US Embassy during the action here would not really have been familiar with.

The political sub-plot of the wikileak style Open Cell is not as brave as it could be in exposing the flaws in the open information argument, it is greed and personal gain that are the bad part of what they do. Jack challenges Chloe's use of Open Cell messaging by giving a metaphorical c'mon man.

The politics means we see high level activity. The Prime Minister is ably represented by Stephen Fry. National treature as national leader. Occasionally a British viewer might want to see Fry correct some of the errors on display but as an archetype of Englishness there are few better.

The US President is James Heller played by William Devane. Heller is a returning character but now he has alzheimer's disease and must mask the effects of that while also leading through a crisis. He puts in a decent effort throughout.

Heller's family make for an intrguing sub-plot. His daughter Audrey is a former love-interest for Jack. That plays out with her having married the Chief of Staff. Can the Chief of Staff be trusted? Will Audrey survive so Jack can love her? This is 24-land of course. It is unclear why Jack is so obsessed with Audrey, she was nowhere near the potential match some others in his past could have been. Kim Raver's grossly elongated face and her height advantage over Kiefer Sutherland do not make her an obvious partner for him.

The range of other characters are ok. Chief of Staff Boudreau played by Tate Donovan is fun to watch. The CIA team are a bit dull, Kate Morgan played by Yvonne Strahovski as a female Jack is not believable, Gbenga Akinnagbe as Erik Ritter has a lot more charisma.

The character of London is not in full force but there is good use of a council estate and a London accent by an early villain. Translations for American viewers are given by characters so as to make things simple eg council estate = projects. Sometimes those translations work better for the US audience than a British one. Brits don't drink root beer, the offering of a ginger beer to a child as the British alternative by Agent Morgan seems out of place. On the other hand, there's a pub. The use of the Underground in a chase sequence is excellent even if the escape by Simone Al-Harazi relies on a maintenance worker not noticing a beautiful woman walk right through the door he is working on.

Perhaps what is most intriguing about Live Another Day or lad is how old everything seems. The series is old now, it is still exciting but the plot devices are often mundane because they have been used so often. The format is a little tired, taking it to London was a good idea to give it some additional intrigue. Most obviously of all Kiefer Sutherland is old. This is deliberately played out with a sequence showing him running. Those legs just do not move like the young Jack did, Sutherland is clearly carrying the effects of long-term injuries that limit his physical capability. His face shows significant signs of wear - matching Jack's incredibly hard life. Somehow he is still able to defeat pretty much anyone in physical combat but it is now not quite so believable, the action seems to take so much more effort than it did 13 years earlier.

Even the villains look a bit older. Chinese villain Cheng Zhi played by Tzi Ma is clearly decades older than Ma's first Hollywood appearance as Consul Han. In Tzi's case though there is still the intensity on display.

The DVD Extras are relatively limited. There is a little bit of talking head sequence discussing the return of the show and the move over to London along with some interest in the politics. Best of all though is a brief sequence that could be a teaser featuring the ridiculously unfairly maligned Tony Almeida. This suggests a potential future plot involving the character best suited to being Moriaty after the way he was so badly treated by Bauer.

24 remains enthralling viewing. It is really well designed with great cliffhanger endings to most episodes. The holes in its logic have stretched quite significantly over time, this is the old 24 and the old Jack. Great to have them back but a reminder that time withers us all.
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