Kiefer Sutherland's Return To Television Gets Cautious Praise

Kiefer Sutherland can't have felt anything but pressure as his first major TV role since 10 phenomenal years spent on '24' aired for the first time last night (26 January 2012).
Fans and critics were certainly eager to see how the Canadian actor was going to follow up what has come to be known as one of the iconic TV characters of the 21st century in secret agent Jack Bauer.
'Touch,' which sees Sutherland playing a single father of a mute son who sees things other cannot, aired last night for the first time - and the answer to whether he's managed to follow up what may be career defining role successfully?
A cautious yes, according to the critics.
Newsday was effusive in its praise, saying the program was "A bit melodramatic, a bit manipulative, Touch is still one of the best pilots of the 2011-12 season to date," and others were similar praiseworthy though understandably a little more cautious given it was the pilot episode.
"It's Mr. Sutherland's portrayal of the father--unyielding in his effort to break through to his mute child and grasp what he's trying to say with his numbers--that is the heart of this story, the power likely to sustain this promising enterprise," said the Wall Street Journal, whilst
TV Guide said "[Touch is] emotionally compelling but wildly fantastical and undeniably manipulative."Not all were enthused though, The New York Times commented "The 11-year-old boy at the center of the story has never spoken and is also the show's narrator.
It's a perfectly acceptable device, if not a particularly interesting one in this case," whilst the Los Angeles Times weren't fans at all, stating "Ironically, given a show that so clearly wants to touch its audience--from that weighty one-word title on down--we have met, apart from Martin, hardly a single character who incorporates more than the hint of an actual person.
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Monday, April 6, 2009

Joel Schumacher Bags His Twelve Cast




06 April 2009
Joel Schumacher has just assembled the cast for his next movie, the drug-dealer drama Twelve – and it pretty much defines ‘eclectic’.
Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford, Emma Roberts –
daughter of Eric, niece of Julia, distant cousin of Home & Away’s Alf,
50 ‘Curtis Jackson’ Cent, Rory Culkin, Ellen Barkin and
Jack Bauer himself, Kiefer Sutherland,
have all signed on to appear in the movie,
based on Nick McDonell’s 2002 novel
about a young New York drug dealer whose life is turned upside down
when his cousin is murdered and his best friend is arrested for the crime.
That’s one heck of a cast, and we’re intrigued to see how it pans out.
Can Crawford carry his first big screen lead?
How will Sutherland fare upon reteaming with his Lost Boys/Flatliners director?
http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=24531

2 comments:

Kiefer's Vixen said...

Now THIS I am excited about, everytime Kiefer teams up with Joel, something extraordinary happens. I am so freakin excited, BIG SCREEN KIEFER WOO WOO!!

Ro said...

This sounds like a tremendous project for Kiefer! Whatever role he plays in the movie, I know he will be awesome!

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