Review of 24 (2001)

Moving picture, 18 hours

This reviews refers to the first season only.

Each season is a 24-hour period in the life of the same man, told roughly in linear time.

Concept drama. The premiere power fantasy of post-9/11 USA. The first season is quite well crafted, though the experiment with linearity is unimpressive, being used mainly as an opportunity to amplify the cliffhangers and weave a myopic nuclear-family drama into the terrorist plot, instead of varying the pacing by adding reflective temps mort in the manner of Neon Genesis Evangelion (1995). As implemented, the premise demands a decline in quality with each new season: It requires an intradiegetic constraint that can only get flimsier and less convincing. For this reason, I don’t want to keep watching, hence the low rating.

References here: Source Code (2011).

moving picture fiction series