Latest Entertainment News Headlines

C'MON HOLLYWOOD: Give Jack Bauer the movie he deserves!

09.08.2010

...give Jack Bauer the movie he deserves!
by J.A. Hamilton

We all have our favorite shows, but to be honest I didnít start revisiting TV until about four or five years ago. This was around the time LOST, SUPERNATURAL and PRISON BREAK came out so naturally it was a good time to dive back in. I blew through most of the good stuff quickly and while at work my buddy Nick and I got to talking and he told me I absolutely needed to start watching 24. ďJack Bauer can do anything,Ē he said and he meant it. 24 was three or four seasons in at the time and I went through them like my first Red Bull of the day, I was hooked almost immediately. Iíve been an avid fan every since and though it pained me to hear season eight was the last, Iím praying that the upcoming film version does the show justice.


24 is easily one of the best cop dramas of all time.

If there were no other reasons to give 24 a grand Hollywood opus, Kiefer Sutherland would be enough. The man has such a long list of iconic film characters that it would be ridiculous to doubt him. LOST BOYS, STAND BY ME and both YOUNG GUNS films are four of my all time favorites and thatís just to name a few. Sutherland knows how to lead a film and nobody knows 24 better than him so this is a no brainer in my books. Now Iím not going to try and convince you that MIRRORS was a fantastic film but Kiefer Sutherland was the only reason I watched it and no doubt the reason I enjoyed it (aside from that insane bathtub scene, the corners of my mouth ache every time I think about it).


I just had to add this, it's horrifically mesmerizing.

Thereís a reason Jack Bauer was named by Entertainment Weekly as one of The 20 All Time Coolest Heroes in Pulp Culture and thatís because he encases all the character driven elements needed to be the perfectly flawed anti-hero (not to mention heís a blast to watch). 24 reinvented the way cable television shows are made by pushing the envelope farther (and harder) than any show before it. This was a big and very bold move that Sutherland himself wasnít even sure would pay off. "I thought, 'This is really clever and different, so there's no way they're going to pick it up but I could use the money, and no one will ever see it'." Modest yes, but thank God he was wrong.


I vote that Jack is number 1 on that list of 20.

Now as far as the film is concerned theyíre going to keep it in real time which is awesome because again, this was one of the many cool ways the show stood out in the first place. Thereís talk of Jack ending up in Eastern Europe but Iím sure he wonít stop there. According to Sutherland the first draft of the film is already finished (penned by Billy Ray, the screenwriter for STATE OF PLAY) so hopefully weíll see this bad boy go into production soon. Now Iím sure a lot of fans (myself included) have been wondering where this road will take Jack and I certainly hope they donít decide to kill the character off. I was disappointed with Reneeís death this past season as Jack was just starting to catch a break. Then again, an angry Jack is much more entertaining and effective and the world if full of asses for him to kick.


Renee was my favourite of Jack's love interests on the show.

The 24 movie is happening but as weíve seen in the past with films like X-FILES and SEX AND THE CITY, this isnít always a good thing. That said, the first X-FILES was a fantastic flick so Iím sure theyíll pull out all the stops here as well for the first one (I say first one as this endeavor has been talked about in a plural fashion). 24 can be the new MISSION IMPOSSIBLE in terms of a franchise and with Kiefer Sutherland leading the way Iím all for it, especially if Sutherland co-produces the films like he did with the show. Itís still far too early to tell how big of a bite Jack Bauer will take out of Hollywood but the drive is there as is the fan base so hereís hoping this gets done right and Jack knocks Ďem dead on the big screen.
Extra Tidbit: Rumor has it that the name Jack Bauer was derived from the highest card in the game of euchre. The "bower" is the jack of the trump suit and the most powerful card in any particular round.
Source: JoBlo.com

RECOMMENDED MOVIE NEWS

MORE FUN FROM AROUND THE WEB

Strikeback
Not registered? Sign-up!
Or

+0
10:30PM on 09/09/2010
Great article. I'm one of the many dissappointed by season 8 and especially the end of the season as it gave no real closure for the show as a whole. I disagree about Jack's end though. I can only see a heroically tragic end for Jack, one I don't think he would regret. Jack is TV's ultimate anti-hero (although I would argue the anti part). And as such, sacrificing himself for the greater good is the price of being so heroic. Although, I am surprised to hear it actually will be in real time, as
Great article. I'm one of the many dissappointed by season 8 and especially the end of the season as it gave no real closure for the show as a whole. I disagree about Jack's end though. I can only see a heroically tragic end for Jack, one I don't think he would regret. Jack is TV's ultimate anti-hero (although I would argue the anti part). And as such, sacrificing himself for the greater good is the price of being so heroic. Although, I am surprised to hear it actually will be in real time, as Sutherland said it wouldn't. If it's anything like the show though, then it will be an exciting two hours.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
3:48PM on 09/09/2010

24=Great TV

The movie better be rated R, I'll still go see it if it is PG-13 but I'll enjoy it better if it has a R rating.
The movie better be rated R, I'll still go see it if it is PG-13 but I'll enjoy it better if it has a R rating.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
9:24AM on 09/09/2010

24 = one of the best TV shows ever.

It's my all-time favorite, tied with The X-Files. Let's hope the movie will be like Fight the Future and NOT like I Want To Believe (yuck!). Kiefer acted the shit out of the character, overall the show features some incredible performances and intense action the likes of which you've never seen on TV before. It has enormous potential. I'm glad the series ended because there was simply no imaginable threat to fill another 24 hours with.
It's my all-time favorite, tied with The X-Files. Let's hope the movie will be like Fight the Future and NOT like I Want To Believe (yuck!). Kiefer acted the shit out of the character, overall the show features some incredible performances and intense action the likes of which you've never seen on TV before. It has enormous potential. I'm glad the series ended because there was simply no imaginable threat to fill another 24 hours with.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+1
8:08PM on 09/08/2010
I likey, but a lot of the great characters were killed off already.
I likey, but a lot of the great characters were killed off already.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-20
6:07PM on 09/08/2010

24 is terrible

Maybe Kiefer Southerland isn't a terrible actor, but that show is ridiculous. I have never been able to sit through more than one segment, as it is not worth sitting through a commercial to see what bad dialogue and campy action awaits. The fact that this show was so popular really makes me sad for America.
Maybe Kiefer Southerland isn't a terrible actor, but that show is ridiculous. I have never been able to sit through more than one segment, as it is not worth sitting through a commercial to see what bad dialogue and campy action awaits. The fact that this show was so popular really makes me sad for America.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-14
5:22PM on 09/08/2010

Please stop

This character should have been killed off a long time ago. I religiously watched the show up through season 5 and about halfway through season 6, but things were just getting too off the wall. Keifer is still great as Jack, but everything else seemed to be spiraling out to the utter ridiculous. We don't need a movie. I don't want a movie. Just kill off Jack already.
This character should have been killed off a long time ago. I religiously watched the show up through season 5 and about halfway through season 6, but things were just getting too off the wall. Keifer is still great as Jack, but everything else seemed to be spiraling out to the utter ridiculous. We don't need a movie. I don't want a movie. Just kill off Jack already.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
2:50PM on 09/08/2010
I'm excited for the 24 movie and hope they do something huge like the Tony thing in the way of plot. They've always done well with the story (shy of season five) so I'm not very worried there.
I'm excited for the 24 movie and hope they do something huge like the Tony thing in the way of plot. They've always done well with the story (shy of season five) so I'm not very worried there.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+7
1:27PM on 09/08/2010
The 24 movie will hopefully be a trilogy anything less won't do the show justice.
The 24 movie will hopefully be a trilogy anything less won't do the show justice.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:55PM on 09/08/2010
you stupid bitch .. jack was a government anti-terrorist agent, theres nothing at all cop about that. The Shield was F/X so get your facts straight before you make yourself sound stupid
you stupid bitch .. jack was a government anti-terrorist agent, theres nothing at all cop about that. The Shield was F/X so get your facts straight before you make yourself sound stupid
12:32PM on 09/08/2010
just noticed the caption labeling 24 as one of the best cop dramas of all time.. 1: its not a cop drama and 2: The Shield was a far superior product if were comparing to cop dramas
just noticed the caption labeling 24 as one of the best cop dramas of all time.. 1: its not a cop drama and 2: The Shield was a far superior product if were comparing to cop dramas
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:28PM on 09/08/2010
1: It is a cop drama and 2: He said one of the best ones on cable TV you fucking idiot. The Sheild is HBO.
1: It is a cop drama and 2: He said one of the best ones on cable TV you fucking idiot. The Sheild is HBO.
2:53PM on 09/08/2010
Government agent or no, it's still considered a cop drama and Kitanna was right, THE SHIED is HBO and he was talking about cable TV.
Government agent or no, it's still considered a cop drama and Kitanna was right, THE SHIED is HBO and he was talking about cable TV.
4:06PM on 09/08/2010
"The Shield" is NOT HBO. You're thinking of "The Wire". "The Shield" was on FX.

Also, "24" isn't cable. It's FOX.

But I think "24" is something of a cop drama, with a little "The West Wing" thrown in there.
"The Shield" is NOT HBO. You're thinking of "The Wire". "The Shield" was on FX.

Also, "24" isn't cable. It's FOX.

But I think "24" is something of a cop drama, with a little "The West Wing" thrown in there.
-6
12:20PM on 09/08/2010
Thanks for posting a graphic picture on the main page.
Thanks for posting a graphic picture on the main page.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-13
12:01PM on 09/08/2010
I never was a fan of this show. Mainly because I found it to be ultra-cartoonish while trying to maintain a semblance of realism.

I never was a fan of this show. Mainly because I found it to be ultra-cartoonish while trying to maintain a semblance of realism.

Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
11:59AM on 09/08/2010
The season finale of Season 1 is still the best television I have ever watched. Jack coming out of the van shooting everyone for "killing" his daughter was epic and truly showed how great Jack Bauer was and how great 24 was. Then the last scene with Terri's death was brilliant.
The season finale of Season 1 is still the best television I have ever watched. Jack coming out of the van shooting everyone for "killing" his daughter was epic and truly showed how great Jack Bauer was and how great 24 was. Then the last scene with Terri's death was brilliant.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
1:29PM on 09/08/2010
Totally agree.
Totally agree.
11:55AM on 09/08/2010
I'd rather see a Season 9 of 24 with Jack in Eastern Europe, but if a movie is the only way to see Jack Bauer again then I am all for it. I think that this movie has the potential to be a great action/drama/thriller movie because watching 24 was like watching an action movie. Having the guy from State of Play writing the draft is definitely a huge plus as well, because I thought that movie was very good. 24 is one of my favorite shows and is definitely one of the best shows of all time and Jack
I'd rather see a Season 9 of 24 with Jack in Eastern Europe, but if a movie is the only way to see Jack Bauer again then I am all for it. I think that this movie has the potential to be a great action/drama/thriller movie because watching 24 was like watching an action movie. Having the guy from State of Play writing the draft is definitely a huge plus as well, because I thought that movie was very good. 24 is one of my favorite shows and is definitely one of the best shows of all time and Jack Bauer is indeed one of the best heroes of all time, if not number one. I really hope this movie gets made and gets done well because I think this could be a real treat towards us die hard 24 fans. I don't know if I can see them killing off Jack though.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
+3
10:57AM on 09/08/2010
I love the idea of a 24 movie but all things point towards them killing Jack off which sucks. That is of course unless they plan to make a franchise out of it and in that case I'm with you thinking it could be the next MI.
I love the idea of a 24 movie but all things point towards them killing Jack off which sucks. That is of course unless they plan to make a franchise out of it and in that case I'm with you thinking it could be the next MI.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
10:07AM on 09/08/2010
I loved 24 from start to finish, though I do agree with the observation that killing off nearly all the cast was rough call at times but it was something that kept you on your toes. I hope they go all out with the movie.
I loved 24 from start to finish, though I do agree with the observation that killing off nearly all the cast was rough call at times but it was something that kept you on your toes. I hope they go all out with the movie.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
-14
10:04AM on 09/08/2010
What they did to the character in Season 8 is unforgivable. Yeah Jack always lived in the grey but he always put what was best for the country first. Season 8 he was nothing more than a mindless self serving killing machine. The story was ridiculous and I wanted nothing more than for someone to kill him off as each episode aired. Renee was good in season 7 but her dark turn in 8 was also bullshit. They had run out of ideas after season 5 and the show should have ended there. I hope they kill
What they did to the character in Season 8 is unforgivable. Yeah Jack always lived in the grey but he always put what was best for the country first. Season 8 he was nothing more than a mindless self serving killing machine. The story was ridiculous and I wanted nothing more than for someone to kill him off as each episode aired. Renee was good in season 7 but her dark turn in 8 was also bullshit. They had run out of ideas after season 5 and the show should have ended there. I hope they kill his ass in the movie.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:55AM on 09/08/2010
I think 24 in movie form would be perfect for me. honestly, I always got bored and gave up at around hour 14.

oh and by the way, the one lingering question I've had through all these seasons is WHEN DOES JACK GO TO THE BATHROOM?? It's been 8 days and you'Ve never seen him go! Just a weird observation I had
I think 24 in movie form would be perfect for me. honestly, I always got bored and gave up at around hour 14.

oh and by the way, the one lingering question I've had through all these seasons is WHEN DOES JACK GO TO THE BATHROOM?? It's been 8 days and you'Ve never seen him go! Just a weird observation I had
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:59AM on 09/08/2010
You do know it wasn't actually 8 consecutive years, right?
You do know it wasn't actually 8 consecutive years, right?
10:15AM on 09/08/2010
I thought the same thing at first but I'm pretty sure he did go to the bathroom once in the first or second season.
I thought the same thing at first but I'm pretty sure he did go to the bathroom once in the first or second season.
10:34AM on 09/08/2010
I think the question is: why would you want to see Jack Bauer take a shit?
I think the question is: why would you want to see Jack Bauer take a shit?
10:57AM on 09/08/2010
Yeah, I don't need to see him go to the can, I just have faith that he does.
Yeah, I don't need to see him go to the can, I just have faith that he does.
11:40AM on 09/08/2010
I'm quite aware that these aren'T 8 consecutive years, although dont two season happen during two days in a row? Anyways, I have no desire in seeing Jack Bauer have a BM it was emrely an odd observation that popped up in my head.

obviously having him stop in the middle of the action to take a bathroom break would kill all the momentum of an episode and it would never be done.
I'm quite aware that these aren'T 8 consecutive years, although dont two season happen during two days in a row? Anyways, I have no desire in seeing Jack Bauer have a BM it was emrely an odd observation that popped up in my head.

obviously having him stop in the middle of the action to take a bathroom break would kill all the momentum of an episode and it would never be done.
8:54AM on 09/08/2010
Damn computer! I don't know how this happened. I hate when double posts happen.
Damn computer! I don't know how this happened. I hate when double posts happen.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:49AM on 09/08/2010
Actually, only part of the movie will be in real time. Probably the third act. But at least half of the movie won't be, for obvious reasons. If the ENTIRE movie would be in real time, they'd have to change the title to 2 or it would be a 24 hour long movie! ;) I hope they bring back Tony Almeida. He was my favorite character besides Jack. Carlos Bernard rules!
Actually, only part of the movie will be in real time. Probably the third act. But at least half of the movie won't be, for obvious reasons. If the ENTIRE movie would be in real time, they'd have to change the title to 2 or it would be a 24 hour long movie! ;) I hope they bring back Tony Almeida. He was my favorite character besides Jack. Carlos Bernard rules!
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:17AM on 09/08/2010
I was a huge fan of 24 since the day it originally aired but I noticed that every season got worse than the one before. After seasons 1-3 it got really bad in my opinion. I stuck around and watched 4-6 but by the beginning of 7, I quit. The show originally focused on its characters and the later episodes were all plot. I think one mistake was that they killed off nearly all the characters and the new ones usually didn't prove to be as interesting and just seemed to fill the roles of whoever
I was a huge fan of 24 since the day it originally aired but I noticed that every season got worse than the one before. After seasons 1-3 it got really bad in my opinion. I stuck around and watched 4-6 but by the beginning of 7, I quit. The show originally focused on its characters and the later episodes were all plot. I think one mistake was that they killed off nearly all the characters and the new ones usually didn't prove to be as interesting and just seemed to fill the roles of whoever originally played that type of character. Plus, in the later seasons, the plot got too ridiculous (even by 24 standards) with Jack Bauer's father and brother being involved in the terrorist plots (what are the odds?!) and the writers' seemed to think that bigger was better and made more outlandish plots as the show went on.
Your Reply:



Please email me when someone replies to my comment
8:54AM on 09/08/2010
I disagree that the show got progressively worse. Season 7 is my favorite season. Although there excuse for why Tony was alive was a bit ridiculous, that aside, they gave Tony a really AWESOME story. I loved how they turned Tony into such a dark, tragic character. Plus, it actually gave more weight to Michelle's death (which was my only complaint about season 5, her death not being that great). And although the first two thirds of season 8 were kind of on and off, the last 10 episodes are
I disagree that the show got progressively worse. Season 7 is my favorite season. Although there excuse for why Tony was alive was a bit ridiculous, that aside, they gave Tony a really AWESOME story. I loved how they turned Tony into such a dark, tragic character. Plus, it actually gave more weight to Michelle's death (which was my only complaint about season 5, her death not being that great). And although the first two thirds of season 8 were kind of on and off, the last 10 episodes are some of the best episodes the show has ever produced. Season 4 was ridiculous but it was incredibly exciting. Season 5 is my second favorite season after 7. Charles Logan is such an incredible character, superbly played by Gregory Itzin who was robbed of an emmy.
11:38AM on 09/08/2010
Yeah, season 6 especially was bad, but it's a shame if you gave up on it before watching season 7, as the show improved again dramatically for that season (8 got rubbish again before its final seven or so episodes though... but even so, that's still worth a watch if just for them).
Yeah, season 6 especially was bad, but it's a shame if you gave up on it before watching season 7, as the show improved again dramatically for that season (8 got rubbish again before its final seven or so episodes though... but even so, that's still worth a watch if just for them).
View All Comments

Latest Entertainment News Headlines


Top
Loading...

Featured Youtube Videos

Views and Counting