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The television series "24" often explored the boundaries of torture in extracting information necessary to the country's safety, and this melodrama hinges on much the same theme.

Samuel L. Jackson plays the self-styled agent charged with getting the facts from a supposed terrorist ( Michael Sheen, "Frost/Nixon") who may know where several nuclear bombs allegedly have been set. Brandon Routh evokes his recent guest role on "Chuck" as another agent. Carrie-Anne Moss ("The Matrix"), Gil Bellows and Martin Donovan also appear, *** (R: AS, P, GV)

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