7 Films to Watch on Freeview TV This Week
Sorcerer Sun 17/6 Film4 @ 01:05
The roads and jungles of South America are a dangerous place for a group of men hired to drive a highly unstable and explosive shipment across country. William Friedkin's remake of 1953's The Wages of Fear is a masterpiece that has thankfully been rediscovered lately is a sickeningly tense and gripping thriller that will pin you to your chair. Roy Scheider in the lead role is brilliant.
Source Code Sun 17/6 ITV4 @ 22:00
A man wakes up in someone else's body on a train and finds out he has eight minutes to find a bomber on board before disaster strikes. Duncan Jones' 2011 sci-fi thriller is, after an initially confusing opening, entertaining. It's silly but if you go with it you'll have a good time watching. It's a well written and crafted film led by a fine performance from Jake Gyllenhaal. Vera Farmiga, Jeffrey Wright and Michelle Monaghan all make their marks too.
Lucy Mon 18/6 Film4 @ 21:00
While muling a new and mysterious drug shipment inside her stomach, a woman undergoes a drastic transformation when it leaks into her blood stream. Luc Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in this mad film that has a final ten minutes which has to be seen to be believed. You'll either love it or hate it but you definitely haven't seen anything like it before. Johansson is solid and Morgan Freeman and Min-Sik Choi are fun.
Quatermass and the Pit Tues 19/6 Horror Channel @ 22:55
No list is complete without a dash of Hammer Horror so here you go. During renovation work on the London underground a mysterious vehicle is discovered with ancient remains nearby. Scientist are mystified by the discovery and things start getting weirder. This nearly 60-year-old film is still an unsettling watch, helped by loads of atmosphere and a nice slow burning story reveal. Andrew Keir and Hammer regular Barbara Shelley are great leads.
Momentum Wed 20/6 Film4 @ 21:00
A thief is pulled back into the life for one last job. Predictably things do not go to plan and she finds herself running for her life. This got some pretty awful reviews on its initial release but I found it to be a good laugh, a silly bit of entertainingly forgettable fluff. Olga Kurylenko is a grand lead and the always reliable James Purefoy has a whale of a time as the nasty bad guy on her trail.
Case 39 Thurs 21/6 CH4 @ 00:50
A social worker gets personally involved in a case of a young girl and quickly finds out things are rather different to what she expected. Renee Zellweger headlines this fine horror-thriller that relies upon a creepy atmosphere for its scares rather than the cheap jump variety. This is an unusual film for Zellweger but she's decent, receiving solid back up from Bradley Cooper and the brilliant Ian McShane.
Dr Strangelove... Fri 22/6 TCM @ 15:45
A masterpiece of insanity and chaos. Brigadier General Ripper has lost the plot and declared war on Russia behind the back of President. Can the members of the government war room stop a full scale nuclear war? Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film is both fantastically bonkers and a terrifying look at the darkness in the hearts of men. The cast is sublime too. Peter Sellers, Sterling Hayden, George C. Scott and Slim Pickens are all perfect.