24 Redemption appears to be an excellent premise into Season 7 and certainly whets your appetite for the foils and exploits of Jack in the upcoming series. Somehow at under two hours it feels a little short and some fo the story is rushed. By the end you want to put the next disc in and carry on as you would with the series but for all intents and purposes the story is over.
The story is good but with the extra fifteen or so minutes to make it a two hour spectacle could have turned a good and strong subject story into an excelent captivating story and portrayl of Jack's exploits outside of the CTU world.
Some complain that the story lacks necessary parts (such as CTU) but this story isn't about that, it isn't about the Jack we have come to know that needs his Blackberry and Wireless connection. This is Jack-to-basics, Jack as the Special Forces man as we've not really had chance to see before.
For me the length is the main problem, yes you watch a program with the name "Jack Bauer" and you expect 24 delicately crafted episodes, to make it 1 hr 40-something seems to be a kick in the teeth. I know commercialised America needs twenty odd minutes of adverts but that does seem to make the experience feel rushed.
All in all you don't necessarily need to be a fan of 24 to get into this but it certainly helps and may scare off some 24-newbies. Be assured that the feeling of this does not necessarily match the feeling of a series of 24. In a series you get multiple plot twists and intense character development that they simply didn't have time to do in this TV-film.
Events occur in real time as they should so you know you're watching 24 when it starts, echoes of other Africa conflict based films are present throughout especially Blood Diamond but it doesn't feel a cheat it feels a justifiable and enjoyable installment.
Grab a beer and take a seat to watch the man's man as he should be, lost, deserted and without an ounce of technology nearby, simply a pistol, some dynamite and the ability to take some torture and still get up and run after it.