The fast moving action thriller 24 Hours to Live kicks off quickly and never stops till the final curtain. Filled with chase scenes, hit men at every turn, and a whole lot of mayhem, the movie hits the target for the action junkie. Now on DVD and Blu-ray just plop in the disk, crank the sound up and get ready for a wild ride.
The movie opens with Keith Zera (Tyrone Keogh), a hired gun for Red Mountain, being transported to a location in South Africa. At a check point the three transporter vehicles get attacked with Keith and his protector, Interpol’s Lin Bisset (Xu Qing), making a narrow escape.
The movie shifts to somewhere in the Florida Keys where we find Travis Conrad (Ethan Hawke) hanging out on the beach with father-in- law Frank (Rutger Hauer). Conrad has started a much needed escape from being a mercenary for Red Mountain. After depositing the ashes of his wife and son in the ocean he goes to a local bar to trying forget his loss. There he gets approached by gets a call from Jim Morrow (Paul Anderson) a former cohort and now in an elevated position with Red Mountain. There he makes Conrad and offer he can’t refuse, one last job for Red Mountain for a payoff of millions of dollars.
What Conrad feels is an easy job however, turns into a fierce fight against insurmountable odds that includes UN agents and the feisty Bisset. Director Brian Smrz spools out the story at a nice pace while introducing his characters and setting up a storm of opposition laid out in Conrad’s way. He pulls no punches using a lot of special effects munitions and some excellently choreographed shoot outs that will make the hair on your neck stand up. His twists are nicely done and there’s one you won’t see coming that makes the film very different than the others.
Ethan Hawke gives his usual best performance as a hired hitman who has an axe to grind. He’ll stop at nothing to get even and then some. This role certainly keeps him in a league with the likes of Tom Cruise and Jason Statham. He’s come a long way since Training Day where he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and I’m liking it. Look for him later this year in the movie Stockholm, another high energy film.
24 Hours to Live has been rated R by the MPAA for strong bloody violence throughout, language and some drug use. It also has a quick scene of brief nudity. And, the cringing sniper scene followed by a blistering escape sequence may be a bit strong for the squeamish.
FINAL ANALYSIS: A very high powered film for action junkies. (4 out of 5 stars)
Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Xu Qing, Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer, Tyrone Keogh, Nathalie Boltt, Jeremy Yong, Susan Young, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Claire Berlein, Richard Lothian, Tanya Van Graan
Director: Brian Smrz
MPAA Rating: R for strong bloody violence throughout, language and some drug use, brief nudity
Genre: Action, Sci-fi, Thriller
Running Time: 1 hr. 33 min.
Video Release Date: February 6, 2018
Reviewed Format: Blu-ray
Audio: DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Video: 16×9 Widescreen, Aspect ratio 2.40:1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Number of Discs: 1 disc plus Digital Download code
Distributed by: Lionsgate