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Eagerly anticipating this week ... (24-18)

Eagerly anticipating this week ... (24-18)
Eugene Jarecki's The King (2017, documentary)

6/21/2018

Ticket to Romance/En enkelt til Korsør (2008) - Fredholm's middle-of-the-road Danish province swan song



'A One-way to Korsør' (a small town in Zealand, Denmark) - '... and return to romance' reads the title and tagline translated directly from Danish on this stuffed poster for Gert Fredholm's Ticket to Romance

Rasmus, a newly graduated PhD with insight into Romanticism takes a job as a Danish teacher in an adult education center in a small town, where he is enriched by meeting some new people, including a woman with a particular wish.

Ticket to Romance is written by Mikael Olsen and Gert Duve Skovlund (One Hand Clapping/At Klappe med Een Hånd (2001), both) and directed by Gert Fredholm (The Missing Clerk/Den Forsvundne Fuldmægtig (1971)). The film sloshes problematically around in the waters between comedy and drama without having enough laughs or unrest to convincingly be either one.
It undeniably takes us to Korsør in Southwest Zealand, but we are often simply constricted to Rasmus' classroom or a taxi, which are not elevated into cinematic places here. Furthermore, the title - both the English and the original Danish one, - is nonsensical, since Rasmus both arrive and depart from Korsør in a moving van, which, as is common knowledge, doesn't require tickets, neither one-way or returns.
Carsten Bjørnlund (ID:A (2011)) does alright as the sometimes annoyingly withheld but lingually gifted Rasmus; Lærke Winther (3 Things/3 Ting (2017)) is sweet as his romantic interest, and Bjarne Henriksen (Where Have All the Good Men Gone/Hundeliv (2016)) is great in a supporting part as one of the students.
Fredholm focuses on the human relations and manages to give the film a core concerning the lesbian couple's ambition of having a child. But Ticket to Romance remains a Danish film that, in more than ways than one, is tiny.



Watch a trailer for the film here (no English subtitles unfortunately)

Cost: Reportedly 16.5 mil. DKK (approximately 2.49 mil. $)
Box office: Likely around 2 mil. DKK (approximately 0.31 mil. $)
= Mega-flop (0.12 times the cost)
[Ticket to Romance was released 19 September (Denmark) and runs 100 minutes. Financing was brought together from a 6 mil. DKK grant from the Danish Film Institute, from DR, Slagelse Kommune, Korsør Erhvervsforening and Zentropa. The film was only released in Denmark, where 27,790 paid admission to see it, coming to about 2 mil. DKK at the box office. Bjørnlund was nominated for the Best Actor Robert award (Denmark's Oscar) for his performance. Fredholm retired from filmmaking after the film's poor audience reception. Bjørnlund returned in Sommer (2008, TV-series), The Killing/Forbrydelsen (2009, TV-series) and Pagten (2009, TV-series) and theatrically in Nothing's All Bad/Smukke Mennesker (2010). 267 IMDb users have given Ticket to Romance a 5.8/10 critical average rating.]

What do you think of Ticket to Romance?

6/20/2018

Eden Lake (2008) - Watkins' survival horror debut is a relentlessly negative watch



Kelly Reilly's light summer dress is contrasted to three menacing figures behind her on this blood-promising poster for James Watkins' Eden Lake

A young couple head out for a weekend camping by a desolate forest lake, which is soon to be surrounded by swanky apartments. But a group of violence-idolizing, ghastly kids and teenager hang out at the lake ...

Eden Lake is the debut for English writer-director James Watkins (My Little Eye (2002), writer). Kelly Reilly (A Single Shot (2013)) is pretty rad here as the resourceful female lead, and Eden Lake has a certain pallid drive and a couple of great shots, (cinematography by Christopher Ross (Get Santa (2014))), but you would have to have a very special taste to not also find the film unusually unpleasant.
The plot's implicit point of not straying out into the wild nature, (where we don't belong), is reminiscent of The Descent (2005), a better English survival horror of the same period, only that film's monsters are here nothing but physically normal human teenagers. They are led by Jack O'Connell (Home (2016), short) as a gruesomely etched youth without a shred of goodness in him.
The film is also enormously depressing and tiring, because the assaults that take place are so predictable and low-practical that one feels nudged to witness them while wishing the worst of ramifications for the young perpetrators and their scummy parents. Eden Lake is a fiercely negative experience.

Related post:

James WatkinsThe Woman in Black (2012) or, Creaking Galore





Fassbender gives an interview about his work on the film here

Cost: Reportedly 2 mil. $
Box office: 3.9 mil. $
= Big flop (1.95 times the cost)
[Eden Lake premiered 12 August (Berlin Fantasy Filmfest) and runs 91 minutes. Shooting took place in England, including at Pinewood Studios, from July - September 2007. Buckinghamshire's Black Park Lake played the titular, non-existing Eden Lake. The film opened #93 in 10 theaters to a weak 5k $ first weekend in North America, where it was only in release for 1 week and grossed tiny 7k $ (0.2 % of the total gross). The film's 3 biggest markets were its production country the UK with 870k $ (22.3 %), France with 739k $ (18.9 %) and Russia with 668k $ (17.1%). The film's themes played into Britain's ongoing 'Broken Britain' debate, and the film drew praise and criticism for its portrayal of a middle-class couple's trials at the mercy of depraved underclass youths. It was nominated for 2 British Independent Film awards. Watkins returned with The Woman in Black (2012). Reilly returned in Me and Orson Welles (2008), Michael Fassbender in The Devil's Whore (2008, miniseries) and then theatrically in Fish Tank (2009). Eden Lake is fresh at 81 % with a 6.6/10 critical average at Rotten Tomatoes.]

What do you think of Eden Lake?

6/19/2018

The Burning Plain (2008) - Powerful actresses elevate Arriaga's flawed debut



Three generations of graceful women stars collide on this drama-indicating poster for Guillermo Arriaga's The Burning Plain

A young woman learns that her mother is cheating on her new husband. A middle-aged woman head-waitress has sex with random men and is about to meet a consequence of her past ...

The Burning Plain is the debut for writer-director Guillermo Arriaga (21 Grams (2003), writer). 
In the first story, set in New Mexico, Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone (2010)) is good as the distraught daughter, and Kim Basinger (The Informers (2008)) is excellent as the wife and mother, who has re-experienced joy and intimacy with warm Joaquim de Almeida (Our Brand Is Crisis (2015)). And Charlize Theron (Dark Places (2015)) is fascinating in the other story, which takes place up North, in Oregon.
Regrettably, it takes an awful long time, before the connection between the two story planes became apparent to me, and then there's the issue of the film's tone, which is permanently set far beneath the floor-boards. unflinchingly dour. The Burning Plain is simply too plain.
SPOILER Theron is plagued at all times, and when her abandoned daughter enters the story, their interaction just isn't very natural, and the ending, in which it is indicated that Theron will now take part in the girl's life, therefore doesn't really settle convincingly.
Arriaga's only feature to date is an advanced bowl of tristesse.

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Guillermo ArriagaBabel (2006) or, Everyone's Connected (writer)
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Theron gives an interview about her work on the film here. The video has Spanish subtitles

Cost: 20 mil. $
Box office: 5.6 mil. $
= Mega-flop
[The Burning Plain premiered 29 August (Venice Film Festival, Italy) and runs 107 minutes. Shooting took place in New Mexico, Oregon, including Portland, and in Texas from November - December 2007. The film opened #46 to a small 58k $ first weekend in 21 theaters in North America, where it never conquered better numbers and only grossed 200k $ (3.6 % of the total gross). The 3 biggest markets were Italy with 1.8 mil. $ (32.1 %), Spain with 1 mil. $ (17.9 %) and France with 870k $ (15.5 %). The film won Lawrence an award in Venice. Arriaga has retreated from features since The Burning Plain and has instead worked on several short films, both as writer and director. Theron returned in The Road (2009); Basinger in While She Was Out (2008) and Lawrence in The Bill Engvall Show (2007-09) and theatrically in Winter's Bone (2010), her breakthrough. The Burning Plain is rotten at 36 % with a 4.9/10 critical average at Rotten Tomatoes.]

What do you think of The Burning Plain?

Body of Lies (2008) - R. Scott's terror actioner is a fatiguing turkey



Two major stars are the sole attraction on this sombre poster for Ridley Scott's Body of Lies

CIA agent Roger Ferris works to end a new Islamic terror group in the Middle East with the help of a big shot within the agency from back in the States.

Body of Lies is written by William Monahan (The Departed (2006)), based on the same-titled 2007 novel by David Ignatius (The Quantum Spy (2017)), and is the 18th film directed by English master filmmaker Ridley Scott (White Squalls (1996)).
The film starts out exciting enough with a dark dramatization of Islamic terrorism, although the group shown in the film may seem antiquated in our post-ISIS world.
But the problems for action-packed Body of Lies arrive soon after this introduction: Without scratching the surface of who the people in the foreign land who become evil terrorists are, the film relies primarily on floating as a tense star vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio (Blood Diamond (2006)) as field agent Ferris and Russell Crowe (Proof (1991)) as his cynical phone-line boss. But DiCaprio turns in a shallow performance as a frustrated pottymouth, who succumbs to a local nurse in a romance that we only get very little of in the otherwise very long and tedious action-thriller. And Crowe portrays another superficially drawn character; a preoccupied, headset-wearing father.
If we learn anything at all from watching Body of Lies, it is that the results are muddled, when one attempts to engage against evil in the Middle East. - So if you are tired of cacophonous news from the region from the everyday news, this film feels as anything but entertainment. I count it among the turkeys of Ridley Scott.


Ridley Scott:  Prometheus (2012) or, Even Then, Space Eggs Were Bad News
2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED II]

2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]

2010 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess

Robin Hood (2010) - R. Scott's grand film of the English legend 

American Gangster (2007) - Great American - now black - gangster picture
A Good Year (2006) - Ridley Scott likes Provence

Top 10: The best big flop movies reviewed by Film Excess to date  
Blade Runner (1982) director's cut - Visual extravaganza, great SF 
Alien (1979) or, Space Eggs Are Bad News 








DiCaprio talks about his work on the film here

Cost: 67.5-70 mil. $ (different reports)
Box office: 115.9 $
= Big flop (1.65-1.71 times the cost)
[Body of Lies premiered 5 October (New York) and runs 128 minutes. Shooting took place in Morocco, including Rabat, Amman, Jordan, in Maryland, including Baltimore, Virginia and Washington DC from September - December 2007. Shooting in Dubai was refused permission for political reasons. Crowe reportedly gained 63 pounds for his performance, - which seems a highly 'fact'. The film opened #3, behind holdover hit Beverly Hills Chihuahua and fellow new release Quarantine, to a disappointing 12.8 mil. $ first weekend in North America, where it fell out of the top 5 in its second week and grossed a measly 39.3 mil. $ (33.9 % of the total gross). The 2nd and 3rd biggest markets were Japan with 9.6 mil. $ (8.3 %) and Spain with 7.5 mil. $ (6.5 %). Roger Ebert gave the film a a 3/4 star review, translating to three notches better than this one. The film made in excess of 23 mil. $ in domestic home video sales, which might change its status to merely 'flop' if added in, (and the 67.5 mil. cost is taken to be the accurate number). Scott returned with Robin Hood (2010), again starring Crowe, a much bigger flop. Crowe returned in Tenderness (2009), and DiCaprio in Sam Mendes' masterpiece Revolutionary Road (2008). Body of Lies is rotten at 55 % with a 5.8/10 critical average at Rotten Tomatoes.]

What do you think of Body of Lies?

6/18/2018

Take the Trash/Blå Mænd (2008) - Heide's Danish trash comedy



The four main stars of Rasmus Heide's Take the Trash look ready to goof it up on this poster

An arrogant IT salesman commits a blunder and receives a community service sentence that is to be effected in a junkyard. Here he learns something about people and fellowship. And meets a sexy lady who for inscrutable reasons come there quite often.

Take the Trash is written by Mick Øgendahl (All for One/Alle for Én (2011)) and debuting co-writer-director Rasmus Heide (All for Two/Alle for To (2013)).
The script tries to give us an acceptable presentation of its environments, but it seems like Øgendahl and Heide don't have a clue about them. The story is served with a semi-serious tone, but the material is so languid and caricatured that it seems very foolish to think that we would believe any of it.
Thure Lindhardt (Light Thereafter (2017)) is not very funny and far from convincing as the protagonist. Most of Take the Trash's light moments come from Sidse Babett Knudsen (Mona's World/Monas Verden (2001)), who goes all-in as a day-dreaming, lesbian character with a violent streak.
The film is ugly technically and has obvious problems of getting its running time up to a suitable length for a theatrical comedy. Take the Trash is a cheap, Danish, poor attempt at nailing the modern farce with American influences. Near its ending the film lets out some extra-tasteless, unfunny gay jokes that stress Øgendahl and Heide's maturity level, which is about at level with a backwards 9 year-old.

Related post:

Rasmus HeideAll for One/Alle for Én (2011) - Heide and Øgendahl's flawed but funny Danish crime comedy


Watch a trailer for the film here (regrettably without English subtitles)

Cost: 10 mil. DKK, approximately 1.56 mil. $
Box office: Unknown - but likely around 32.8 mil. DKK, approximately 5.11 mil. $
= Box office success (approximately 3.27 x the cost)
[Take the Trash was released 15 August (Denmark) and runs 85 minutes. Shooting took place in Denmark, including Copenhagen, from September - October 2007. The film was a hit in Denmark, its only release country, where it sold 438,047 tickets. If you multiply this by 75 DKK, which was around the average ticket prize in Denmark at the time, you get the 32.8 mil. DKK gross listed above. The film won 2/6 Robert awards (Danish Oscar) - both audience awards. Heide returned with The Christmas Party/Julefrokosten (2009). Lindhardt returned in Little Soldier/Lille Soldat (2008). 3,291 IMDb users have given Take the Trash a 5.8/10 average rating.]

What do you think of Take the Trash?

6/17/2018

Bangkok Dangerous (2008) - The Pang brothers drop Cage in a rickety remake



If you look at this poster for the Pang brothers' Bangkok Dangerous and wonder; one of Nicholas Cage's seems to be holding a gun that is missing, and the other is bizarrely creeping into his jacket, apparently going for his opposite armpit, - you are not alone. The poster ranks as one the all-time strangest and worst cases of poster graphics foul-up

Our mostly silent hitman hero Joe has some disciplinary rules set for his work, but now as he finds himself in Bangkok, Thailand, he breaks these rules as he carries out jobs.

Bangkok Dangerous is a remake of Bangkok Dangerous (1999), written by Jason Richman (Swing Vote (2008)) and directed by brothers Danny and Oxide Chun Pang (Out of Inferno/Tao Chu Sheng Tian (2013), both), who are remaking their own first film.
The Pang brothers have an unmistakable knack for staging exciting action scenes, - in particular the boat scenes are good here, - but the film's plot does not match this quality. Nicolas Cage's (National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)) romantic scenes with Joe's deaf-mute love interest Fon (played by Charlie Yeung (Sleepwalker/Meng You (2011)) are actually touching and fine, - but they seem like they arrive from out of another film.
Bangkok Dangerous has real Thai flavors, - but it is also undeniably a plate of simplistic action romance nonsense. SPOILER It ends unusually, as Cage blows his own brains out!

Related post:
 

The Pang brothers: The Eye 2/見鬼2/Gin3 Gwai2 2 (2004) or, Women: Screaming and Crying









Watch some interesting behind-the-scenes footage from the film's Bangkok shoot here

Cost: 45 mil. $
Box office: 42.4 mil. $
= Huge flop
[Bangkok Dangerous premiered 22 August (Spain) and runs 100 minutes. Cage's production company Saturn Films had purchased the remake rights to the original film. The original's mute hero was changed for "a marketing point of view", Oxide Pang has explained, and the deaf-mute love interest was created instead. Shooting took place in Thailand, including in Bangkok, and in Prague, the Czech Republic from August 2006 - ?, making the film's post production period suspiciously long. The film opened #1 to a 7.7 mil. $ first weekend in North America, the lowest #1 first weekend gross there since David Spade-comedy Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003). It fell out of the top 5 in its second week and grossed a weak 15.2 mil. $ (35.8 % of the total gross). The 2nd and 3rd biggest markets were Russia and Spain, each with 3.6 mil. $ (8.5 %). The home video release earned in excess of 15 mil. $ in North America, which, if added into the theatrical gross, would only change the film's status to that of 'big flop'. The Pang brothers returned solo in their native Hong Kong; Danny Pang with Seven 2 One (2009), Oxide Chun Pang with Basic Love (2009). Cage returned in Knowing (2009). Bangkok Dangerous is rotten at 8 % with a 3.4/10 critical average at Rotten Tomatoes.]

What do you think of Bangkok Dangerous?

6/16/2018

A Christmas Tale/Un Conte de Noël (2008) - Desplechin and Amalric shred my patience in overlong and overstuffed drama



A rave-filled,  present-shaped poster for Arnaud Desplechin's A Christmas Tale


A family of very strained strong individuals have their internal conflicts, but this year they celebrate Christmas together with the family's matriarch's deadly disease hanging over them all.

A Christmas Tale is written by Emmanuel Bourdieu (Poison Friends/Les Amitiés Maléfiques (2006)) and co-writer-director Arnaud Desplechin (Kings & Queen/Rois et Reine (2004)), based on the non-fiction book La Greffe (2004) by Jacques Asher and Jean-Pierre Jouet.
Catherine Deneuve (Dangerous Liaisons (2003, miniseries)) is incredibly beautiful and still richly erotic as the sick matriarch here in this very long French drama. It forces the brain synapses to work in the beginning in order to grasp the family structure and characters, but some ways in A Christmas Tale is revealed to be a desert walk, which tires with its eagerness to use effects; both visually and narratively, - poems and narration are relayed directly to the camera again and again), - with music, a rapid editing pace and, of course, with a dialog density that only rarely leaves a second for reflection. - People with serious cases of Francophilia may experience this elegy differently.
Mathieu Amalric (Struggle for Life/La Loi de la Jungle (2016)) is especially taxing in A Christmas Tale, - in fact, I found him exceedingly aggravating.
Never before has so much soup been boiled on questions of who and why and if they should help Deneuve out with a spinal transplant, - an issue that should seem pretty straight forward in my eyes. A Christmas Tale is at turns infuriating and boring, a wildly overrated Christmas movie for the very back corner of the closet.







Watch a trailer for the film with English subtitles here

Cost: 6.3 mil. $
Box office: 7.3 mil. $
= Big flop
[A Christmas Tale premiered 16 May (Cannes Film Festival, in competition) and runs 150 minutes. It was funded with participation of no less than 10 companies and support bodies. Shooting took place in France, including in Paris. The film opened #40 to a 63k $ first weekend in 7 theaters in North America, where it peaked at #25 and in 48 cinemas (different weeks) and grossed 1 mil. $ (13.7 % of the total gross). Its biggest market was the production country France with 5.2 mil. $ (71.2 %), and the 3rd biggest was Italy with 232k $ (3.2 %). The film won 1/9 César award nominations (France's Oscar) and was nominated for a European Film award. Roger Ebert gave the film a 3.5/4 star review, translating to approximately the opposite of this review. Desplechin returned with Jimmy P. (2013). Deneuve returned in I Want to See/Je Veux Voir (2008). A Christmas Tale is certified fresh at 86 % with a 7.6/10 critical average at Rotten Tomatoes.]

What do you think of A Christmas Tale?

6/15/2018

10,000 BC (2008) - Emmerich's mammoth turkey



A man perched on a cliff against a sabre-toothed tiger near a couple of pyramids under construction makes up this dramatic poster for Roland Emmerich's 10,000 BC

A nomadic tribe centered around hunting mammoths now head out on a perilous journey.

10,000 BC is written by Harald Kloser (2012 (2009)) and Roland Emmerich (Universal Soldier (1992)) as one of the relatively few films that take place long before historic time, (historic time being defined as the period that we have written historic records from.)
The film first tries to capture us with a mammoth hunt, which only succeeds partially: It is often evident that the actors play in front of a green screen and are only in post production pitched against grand landscapes. Similarly the prehistoric animals, - and in particular the enormous sabre-toothed tiger that comes along later on, - are not convincing enough.
10,000 BC made me long for Mel Gibson's pre-Columbus' North-American arrival masterpiece Apocalypto (2006) and the lesser but still much better neanderthal adventure The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986), because Emmerich's action adventure in contrast lacks even the shade of an exciting story. None of the characters really spring to life either, and boredom allows us as audiences time to reflect on their eclectic racial mix and how they rapidly move from mammoth-strewn ice country to bamboo jungle to what we must take to be Egypt, mostly by foot...
Meanwhile Kloser and Thomas Wanker's (Dresden (2006, TV movie)) grandiose score pounds away and clearly tells us that we are meant to take the improbable, humor-bereft junk that is 10,000 BC seriously. This is one mammoth stinker.

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2009 in films and TV-series - according to Film Excess [UPDATED I]    

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Watch a trailer for the film here

Cost: 105 mil. $
Box office: 269.8 mil. $
= Box office success
[10,000 BC premiered 22 February (Tokyo, Japan) and runs 109 minutes. Columbia Pictures and Sony dropped the project due to a "busy release calender", and Warner Bros. picked it up. Star actors, visual effects details and using ancient languages were refused for budget reasons, and to make the production easier. Shooting took place in New Zealand, Namibia, South Africa and Thailand from April 2006 - ?. The film opened #1 to a strong 35.8 mil. $ first weekend in North America, where it spent two more weeks in the top 5 (#2-#5) and grossed 94.7 mil. $ (35.1 % of the total gross). The 2nd and 3rd biggest markets were Mexico with 17.2 mil. $ (6.4 %) and Spain with 13.1 mil. $ (4.9 %). Emmerich returned with another bona fide tentpole turkey, disaster epic 2012 (2009). 10,000 BC is rotten at 8 % with a 3.2 critical average at Rotten Tomatoes.]

What do you think of 10,000 BC?

6/13/2018

24: Redemption (2008, TV movie) or, Bauer in Africa!



Beloved TV action hero Jack Bauer finds himself on the dark continent at sundown on this gritty poster for Jon Cassar's 24: Redemption

24: Redemption is a TV movie written by Howard Gordon (Homeland (2014-19)) and Tari (Forsaken (2015)) and directed by Jon Cassar (Nancy Drew (1995, TV-series)), based on the great action TV-series 24 (2001-10) by Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow (La Femme Nikita (1997-01), both). It is the series' only TV movie, set between season 6 and season 7.

Exiled counter-terrorist agent-hero Jack Bauer helps a dear old colleague/friend in an orphanage in an unsettled African country, where an unscrupulous rebel militia is armed from a shady American and stage a coup!

24: Redemption takes a radical step in a new direction from the series' normal battleground by taking place in Africa, (Bauer usually combats terrorism in Southern California), and the team behind the film deserve credit for actually going to Africa to shoot and feature African talent. The film has suspense and emotions rolling, and besides Kiefer Sutherland (Melancholia (2011)), who remains solid as Bauer, Robert Carlyle (Dead Fish (2005)) is a welcome addition; as is an evil Jon Voight (JL Ranch (2016)), cynical Powers Boothe (Deadwood (2004-06)), Cherry Jones (Mother and Child (2009)) as a Hillary Clinton-like newly elected first female US president, and in the Africa scenes Isaach De Bankolé (The Unit (2006, TV-series)) and Tony Todd (Chuck (2007-11)) light up the screen.
There are no major surprises in the content or execution here, but 24: Redemption has a handsome scope for a TV movie, and it wets the audience's appetite for more 24!

Related posts:


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Sutherland talks 24 on Jimmy Fallon's talkshow, including Bauer's 'dammit'-catchphrase in this video

Cost: Unknown
Box office: None - TV movie
= Uncertain - but a ratings hit
[24: Redemption premiered 23 November on Fox in North America (with the DVD release two days later) and runs 89 minutes (an extended 102 minute cut was later released). The film was conceptualized in order for Bauer to stay with his audience despite the 2007-08 writers' strike in the US, which delayed the 7th season. Sutherland has stated that the film is inspired by the Clinton administration's passive reaction to the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Recreating an African environment in California proved too difficult, and therefore shooting was set in Africa: Shooting took place in Cape Town, South Africa and in Los Angeles, California from June - July 2008. The film was Fox's second most viewed show of the week of its release (behind House (2004-12)) and hijacked 12.1 mil. US viewers. It was the night's highest-rated scripted show and the third most viewed of the 8-11 PM spot overall. It was nominated for a Golden Globe and 5 Emmys. Cassar returned to direct several episodes of 24's season 7. Sutherland did voice performances in Monsters vs. Aliens (2009) and returned as Bauer in 24 season 7 in January 2009. 24,770 IMDb users have given 24: Redemption a 7.5/10 average rating.]

What do you think of 24: Redemption?

Eagerly anticipating this week ... (23-18)

Eagerly anticipating this week ... (23-18)
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