Tron Legacy, Quantum of Solace, Jackie Brown - best films on TV tonight

A Daft Punk soundtrack, Daniel Craig in a sharp suit and a Tarantino oldie in our film picks tonight Wednesday 2 July

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Tron Legacy, Quantum of Solace, Jackie Brown - best films on TV tonight
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Tron Legacy - 8pm, BBC3

The game has changed since 1982, when Tron broke new ground for the use of computer-generated imagery in movies. But while still ultra-slick and super-shiny, this delayed sequel is derailed by a confusing plot and a blank lead in the form of Garrett Hedlund. The story is basically one of father and son reconciliation, as Hedlund enters the virtual universe known as the Grid to find his missing father (Jeff Bridges), who has been trapped there by his jealous avatar. First-time director Joseph Kosinski's coldly remote CGI world contains no genuine emotional connections, though Bridges puts in both real and motion-capture turns as hero and villain, and Michael Sheen impresses as a double-crossing Ziggy Stardust-style MC programme. As an action-packed visual feast, however, Tron Legacy is truly astonishing; the elegant neon-on-black colour scheme is filtered through sci-fi imagery reminiscent of 2001: a Space Odyssey and Metropolis to stunning effect. And Daft Punk's pounding techno score is also a major plus.


Quantum of Solace - 10:45pm, ITV2

Daniel Craig makes an assured return as James Bond in the first direct sequel in the franchise. The action picks up one hour after Casino Royale left off, with Bond looking for answers after the death of his lover, Vesper Lynd. This leads to Quantum, a mysterious organisation that has infiltrated the world's corridors of power, and, through the front of eco-campaigner Dominic Greene (Mathieu Amalric), is backing regime change in Bolivia. Shifting loyalties and outright betrayals force Bond to defy his paymasters and team up with Camille (Olga Kurylenko), a woman equally motivated by revenge. Director Marc Forster (World War Z) succeeds in balancing the globe-trotting excess of the series with a paranoid and engaging storyline. And although the drama does feel subservient to the stunts, that's a minor quibble given their sheer quality and variety (as well as the noisy chases on land, sea and in the air, there's an artfully mounted gun battle at the opera and a brutal one-on-one encounter in an anonymous hotel room). The close-up camerawork employed to such exhilarating effect in the The Bourne Ultimatum also works wonders here, but never detracts from the performance of Craig, whose focused take on Ian Fleming's hero goes from strength to strength.


Jackie Brown - 11:10pm, Film4

Imaginatively dragging Elmore Leonard's bestseller Rum Punch into his own postmodern universe peppered with quirky dialogue and cinematic references, director Quentin Tarantino makes this re-energised crime thriller a homage to, and an updating of, 1970s pulp blaxploitation fiction. Black icon Pam Grier is great as the air hostess pressured into an entrapment scam after being arrested for cash smuggling, who decides to use her feminine wiles to outsmart everyone wanting to exploit or kill her. Tarantino draws maximum suspense from a superb cast that includes Robert De Niro, Bridget Fonda, Robert Forster and Michael Keaton, and an array of visual techniques such as staging a key scene three times from three different points of view. Complementing this breathlessly exciting down-and-dirty crime drama is a fabulous array of funk classics.

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