24 Hours to Live

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24 Hours to Live
24 Hours to Live poster.jpg
Directed byBrian Smrz
Produced by
  • Mark Gao
  • Basil Iwanyk
  • Gregory Ouanhon
Written by
  • Zach Dean
  • Jim McClain
  • Ron Mita
Music byTyler Bates
CinematographyBen Nott
Edited byElliot Greenberg
Distributed bySaban Films
Release date
  • October 26, 2017 (2017-10-26) (Austin Film Festival)
  • December 1, 2017 (2017-12-01) (United States)
Running time
93 mins
  • South Africa
  • United States
Box office$5.8 million[1][2]

24 Hours to Live is a 2017 science fiction action thriller film directed by Brian Smrz. It follows a career assassin (Ethan Hawke) who is brought back to life for 24 hours to seek revenge and redemption;[3] the film premiered at the Austin Film Festival on October 26, 2017,[4] and was released on VOD and in select theaters on December 1, 2017.


Travis Conrad, a hitman, retires following the deaths of his wife and child. Red Mountain, a military contractor, lures Conrad out of retirement with a high-paying job to assassinate Keith, a whistleblower who could reveal Red Mountain's war crimes. After seducing Lin, an Interpol agent protecting Keith, Conrad is killed in a shootout with her. Red Mountain retrieves Conrad's corpse and revives him, explaining that the procedure will keep him alive for 24 hours before his body shuts down again; as a side-effect, Conrad experiences frequent flashbacks to his family life, forcing him to confront his grief. Remorseful over the attempted assassination, Conrad becomes determined to protect Lin and Keith from Red Mountain despite their reluctance to trust him.



Saban Films released the film on VOD and in select theaters on December 1, 2017.[5] 24 Hours to Live has earned $5.8 million in worldwide theatrical box office, and sales of its DVD/Blu-ray releases have earned $1.7 million.[1]


On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 50% based on of 20 reviews, and an average rating of 4.9/10.[6] On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 37 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[7]


  1. ^ a b "24 Hours to Live". The Numbers. Nash Information Services, LLC. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "24 Hours to Live". Box Office Mojo. Amazon. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (May 20, 2016). "Common, Xu Qing Join Ethan Hawke's '24 Hours to Live'". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved October 17, 2017.
  4. ^ "2017 Austin Film Festival and Conference Schedule". 24 Annual Austin Film Festival. Sched. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Billington, Alex (October 17, 2017). "Ethan Hawke in First Trailer for Action-Packed Film '24 Hours to Live'". First Showing. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "24 Hours to Live (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "24 Hours to Live Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 29, 2018.

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