ANDREW COLLINS:FILM OF THE DAY Fallen★★★ 11.55pm-1.50am BBC1
The haunting song Time Is on My Side – probably familiar thanks to the hit 1964 version by the Rolling Stones – plays a key dramatic role in this eerie thriller from Primal Fear director Gregory Hoblit. Denzel Washington stars as cool, analytical Philadelphia detective John Hobbes who, along with John Goodman’s genial sidekick, is investigating a copycat serial killer, though the duo is initially unaware that there is a link between this case and a murderer (Elias Koteas) who’s met his end in the electric chair in the opening scene. If you’re prepared to buy into the demonic-possession aspect of the plot (the title refers to angels), then there is much dark fun to be had as our heroes enact what feels like a police procedural dreamed up by Stephen King. Quality support from Donald Sutherland and a pre-Sopranos James Gandolfini adds to the credibility of what might otherwise be dismissed as a cheap piece of hokum. You’ll certainly never be able to hum that song to yourself again.