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24 Hours to Live (2017)

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An assassin seeks redemption after being given a second chance at life.

Director:

Brian Smrz

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Travis Conrad
Qing Xu ... Lin Bisset (as Xu Qing)
Paul Anderson ... Jim Morrow
Rutger Hauer ... Frank
Tyrone Keogh ... Keith Zera
Nathalie Boltt ... Dr. Helen
Liam Cunningham ... Wetzler
Jeremy Yong ... Christopher Bisset
Susan Ling Young ... Vicky Liu (as Susan Young)
Hakeem Kae-Kazim ... Amahle
Claire Berlein Claire Berlein ... UN Investigator
Richard Lothian Richard Lothian ... Red Mountain Guy
Tanya van Graan ... Jasmin Morrow
Alex Anlos ... Sniper
Brendan Sean Murray ... Zee, Red Mountain Leader (as Brendan Murray)
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Storyline

Making a rare foray into rock 'em, sock 'em action territory, Hawke plays a CIA agent who sacrifices everything for his employers, including his family and, ultimately, his own life. No sooner has he shuffled off this mortal coil, though, than he finds himself mysteriously resurrected for one last mission that's timed to last exactly 24 hours. Once the countdown clock embedded in his arm reaches zero, he'll once again nod off into an eternal slumber if he hasn't completed his task. Before that happens, expect him to wreak bloody havoc on both his targets and his former CIA minders. Written by Yahoo Entertainment

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He'll stop when he's dead. See more »


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Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Africa | China | USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

26 January 2018 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

24 horas para vivir See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film premiered at the Austin Film Festival on October 26, 2017. See more »

Goofs

In the hostage caravan confrontation scene, after Travis comes out of his daze and grabs his bag containing the explosives etc. and gets Linn in the car to pursue, he never actually puts the bag in the car. See more »

Quotes

Travis Conrad: What's happening with me?
Jasmine Morrow: You're gonna die, again.
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Connections

References Escape from L.A. (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

God's Gonna Cut Your Down
Performed by Marilyn Manson
Traditional
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Surprise action film of the year, will go down as an overlooked gem
22 November 2017 | by andrewmakatsariaSee all my reviews

The story's nothing to write home about, think Crank crossed with any globe-trotting spy flick, crossed with John Wick-like action set-pieces. Ethan Hawke does well as a man running low on-time, literally, as he races to find the people responsible for putting him in a state that he is as well as protecting the target he was meant to assassinate as well as her key witness. There's the mystery behind the dead family subplot, there's an older, war vet step- father figure subplot, an old-friendship gone astray yet still bound by brotherly loyalty or some something, I don't know I'm just ticking the boxes of action movie clichés right now, just hold on a bit longer. Despite all the clichés however, the story does manage to pull you in on itself, due to Hawke's sheer screen presence honestly, at least enough to see all it's glorious action sequences and thanks to its brisk pace, once things pickup and Hawke starts running on the clock, again quite literally, it's an adrenaline-fueled non-stop thrill ride.

Some of the best action sequences include: an assault on a safe house with high-caliber sniper rifles that literally send bodies flying after being hit by what would seem like mini-rockets, gushing blood over walls and flinging bodies across the room as if a ghost from paranormal activity film got a hold of them. That assault escalates into a car chase, with some really slick cinematography and a level of ballistic destruction applied to cars and whatever the two cross-firing cars manage to hit between each other, is quite amazing to behold, it's as if the director, Brian Smrz looked at the car chase from "Army of Two The Devil's Cartel" and was like:" Yeah I like that ! do that in a movie". The few hand to hand combat sequences are handled equally well with long-takes and clearly presented fight choreography that seems like a more toned down version of John Wick's fight ordeal, but still entertaining to watch, the finale action showdown plays out like a sort of mini- The Raid film.

All in all, this is a smooth hour and a half package that is great to watch on a plane or a train, with a strong lead, passably average plot, fast pace and some good set-pieces 24 Hours to Live is a short, fun, occasionally flawed, but consistently watchable and at times thrilling good time. 80s action films and figures would be proud.


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