Eight Films Worth Watching on Freeview TV This Week
Contagion Sat 3/6 W @ 21:00
A disease threatens to change life as we know it and a group of scientists try to find a cure. A horribly realistic look at the cause and effect of a world-wide epidemic. Tense, downbeat, low-key, horrifying and squirm inducing stuff with a cracking cast that really sells the story. Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon and Kate Winslet are excellent as the leads. Don't watch if you have the sniffles.
The Spectacular Now Sat 3/6 BBC1 @ 23:35
A young chap on the downward slope to alcoholism meets a girl who is his exact opposite. They both want different things, while slowly beginning to want each other. Trailers made this look like American Pie but its a far better film than that. Realistic and grittier than the usual teen-flick and well acted all around with Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley in great form.
Pride And Prejudice Sun 4/6 BBC2 @ 14:15
A rich family in 19th century England strives to marry off their five unwed daughters. This is an odd but very watchable 1940 version of the famous Jane Austen tale. Purists beware, this adaptation strays considerably from the book but still manages to maintain the feel and fun of it. Greer Garson and Maureen O'Sullivan are great fun as two of the daughters and you can all probably guess who Laurence Olivier plays.
'71 Mon 5/6 Film4 @ 23:15
A squaddie finds himself alone and on the run after he gets split from his unit in 1971 war torn Belfast. A strange beast in that it's a view of troubled Belfast from the side you never see but that doesn't take away from it, it's still excellent viewing. Prepare for 99 minutes of terror, stress, palpitations and revulsion with a fantastic performance from Jack O'Connell powering the story along.
Waz Tues 6/6 Horror Channel @ 22:50
A nasty but surprisingly original tale of police chasing a particularly sadistic serial killer in New York City. Trailers made this look like Hostel but it's much better than that. It's a clever little thriller about the darker side of humanity. Cracking cast in this with Melissa George, Stellan Skarsgård, Selma Blair and a pre-super-stardom Tom Hardy. Shot partly in Northern Ireland too.
Looper Wed 7/6 TCM @ 21:00
Set in the near future where unwanted people are disposed of by sending them back in time to be killed. This is all well and good until a man is faced with an older version of himself. A magnificently original piece of sci-fi/action right here. Fun, chilling, brutal, intelligent and mind boggling. Joseph Gordon Levitt and Bruce Willis have a ball playing the young/older versions of Joe, while Emily Blunt is super as a protective mother caught up in it all.
Cube Thur 8/6 Syfy @ 22:00
A group of strangers find themselves trapped in a giant cube full of deadly traps and must use their individual skills to both escape and figure out why they were picked. Shades of Saw here but this is about the ingenuity of people and the traps, than the damage they do. A clever, absorbing and well acted sci-fi thriller that was made for a pittance and still manages to out-wit the majority of films with budgets 100 times the size.
The Raid 2 Fri 9/6 Film4 @ 22:45
The follow-up to Gareth Evan's 2011 action masterpiece sees cop Rama going undercover in the Indonesian underworld to expose police corruption. Things do not go smoothly for him. Ok, first and foremost if you are squeamish, avoid this like the plague. If you're not, you're in for a whale of a time. An extremely exciting and action packed thriller that will blow you away. 150 mins long and it feels like 90. Brilliant, epic stuff.