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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.

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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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Contracted to kill. Fighting to survive. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

When Travis is talking to Frank on the pay phone it is clearly out of service as there is nothing on the screen of the pay phone indicating that there is a call in progress. See more »

Quotes

Travis Conrad: My name is Travis Conrad. I gave my entire life to the Agency. Until they betray me.
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References Escape from L.A. (1996) See more »

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God's Gonna Cut Your Down
Performed by Marilyn Manson
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JUST OKAY - (5 stars out of 10)
1 April 2019 | by Front-Row-ReviewsSee all my reviews

The stage curtains open ...

"24 Hours To Live" is not at all what I was expecting it to be - and that's not necessarily a good thing. It's part politics, part military, part sci-fi, and all action. Travis Conrad (Ethan Hawke), an assassin by trade, finds himself under a 24 hour deadline - emphasis on the word "dead".

Conrad is brought out of retirement for a very high paying job in which he is contracted to kill a man about to give a deposition at a secret location, exposing the activities of a covert operation called Red Mountain. To get to him, he comes into contact with Lin, an Interpol agent who kills him for his efforts. Movie over, right? Not so fast. This is where the story takes a very strange twist. Conrad regains consciousness to discover that he has literally been brought back from the dead through a classified experimental process to live for another 24 hours, in order to give them the location of the informant. Knowing they are going to kill him and that he is going to die regardless, he escapes the facility and instead helps Lin in protecting the informant.

I really don't know what to think of this film. The whole premise behind it is quite preposterous, and yet the action sequences were enticing enough to still be somewhat enjoyable. The chemistry that winds up developing between Conrad and Lin was also worth mentioning, and yet I just couldn't bring myself to buy into it all. And why they felt the need to surgically put a digital timer just under the skin of his arm I still don't understand. He's going to be dead in 24 hours anyway, why even bother with that?

This is not a recommend. It is serviceable and entertaining, but as a whole, it falls flat and fails to completely engage and interest you. It's worth a watch if you have nothing better to do - but that's about it.


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