Filmz.ru got their hands on the first promotional image for The seventh season of 24. I assume this image was taken to publicize the season’s premiere, which was originally scheduled to take place on January 13th, 2008, but was postponed reportedly due to the writer’s strike. The new season is now set to premiere with a two hour prequel in fall before the regular season in January 2009. With CTU disbanded after the events of season 6, and with Jack Bauer on trial for his actions in the pursuit of justice, a major national security incident occurs when the firewall responsible for protecting America’s government computer infrastructure is breached. Click on the photo to enlarge.
The photo above features from left to right: FBI Agents Sean Hillinger (Rhys Coiro), Janis Gold (Janeane Garofalo), Larry Moss (Jeffrey Nordling), and Renee Walker (Annie Wersching) who is also in an “adversarial relationship with Jack Bauer”, SPOILER WARNING, Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), who was supposedly killed in a previous season, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), Bill Buchanan (James Morrison), Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), First Gentleman Henry Taylor (Colm Feore), the show’s first female president Allison Taylor (Cherry Jones), and Chief of Staff Ethan Kanin (Bob Gunton).
I wasn’t a big fan of the last season of 24 as the show almost became a parody of itself. I’ll give the two hour premiere a chance, but if the commercial which aired late last year is any indication, I’m not sure I’ll continue on after that.
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From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine comes a dark dramedy starring Amy Adams (Enchanted, Junebug), Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), and Alan Arkin (Little Miss Sunshine). Rose’s son is expelled from school after licking his teacher’s leg, and in order to raise the tuition for private school, the high school cheerleader turned 30-something-year-old maid (Adams) stumbles upon the idea of starting up a lucrative Crime Scene Clean-up business with her screw-up sister Norah (Blunt), who is still living in her father’s (Arkin) house. Joe, a fancy corn salesman, always has a new scheme to make a couple bucks, must now babysit Rose’s son. The morbid job allows the sisters to confront issues with their Mother’s death.
Using the new indie dramedy formula introduced in Little Miss and Juno, Sunshine Cleaning takes on a darker tone, which allows the film to function more as a drama than a comedy. This may be a turn off to some portion of mainstream audiences, but I think the dramatic sequences easily stand on their own. Every moment Alan Arkin is on screen is pure hilarity, however Amy Adams and Emily Blunt turn in lower than average performances. Not to say they are bad, they just aren’t up to the level of some of their previous work (Junebug, Devil Wears). Blunt explores a romantic relationship with the daughter of one of their their crime scene victims. Mary Lynn Rajskub of 24 fame is the second name from the Little Miss cast to appear in Cleaning. I respect the subtlety used in the Rajskub/Blunt relationship. Rajskub is fantastically awkward, as always.
The concept of crime scene cleaning is a fascinating look at a job that you would never even think to realize that exists. Sunshine Cleaning could have explored this aspect more but it isn’t that type of film. As the credits roll, you begin to realize that Sunshine Cleaning is as much about family as Little Miss.
/Film Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Mary Lynn Rajskub, who plays the very awkward Chloe on the hit tv show 24, has joined the cast of Sunshine Cleaning.
Pop Quiz: Strangely, this is the second film Rajskub has done in the last two years that had “sunshine” in its title. Do you know what the other movie was? Answer and more information after the jump.
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