ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The Bounty Hunter ★★
PREMIERE 9.00-11.20pm C5
The image of Robert Donat handcuffed to Madeleine Carroll in The 39 Steps may briefly cross your mind as you get caught up in the slipstream of the Freeview premiere of this rollicking movie, in which Scottish hunk Gerard Butler is shackled to ex-Friends sexpot Jennifer Aniston. He’s the bounty hunter, she’s the reporter who’s jumped bail; they used to be married. You may flash back to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Mr & Mrs Smith, which had a lot more appeal for me. Nonetheless, the repartee is fast and smart-mouthed, and both stars maintain a certain grubby attractiveness as Butler manhandles his quarry from New Jersey to Manhattan and their spiky relationship softens. Director Andy Tennant (Hitch) keeps the momentum up, and the likes of Jeff Garlin, Christine Baranski, Carol Kane and Jason Sudeikis add piquancy to the noisy, formulaic, quasi-S&M cat-and-mouse action.
Patriot Games ★★★
After Alec Baldwin (and before Ben Affleck and Chris Pine), it was Harrison Ford who played globetrotting CIA man, Jack Ryan. This adaptation of Tom Clancy’s novel sees Ryan taking on rogue Irish terrorist Sean Bean.
PREMIERE 11.15pm-1.05am BBC2
An impressive cast (Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgård, Andrea Riseborough) assemble for this portmanteau drama about the perils of the internet. It’s all a bit like social networking for dummies, but there are some moments of insight.
Zack and Miri Make a Porno ★★★
Elizabeth Banks and Seth Rogen make unlikely bedfellows in Kevin Smith’s seriously smutty comedy. They play platonic best friends whose get-rich-quick scheme involves them making an “adult” movie.
The Scarlet and the Black ★★★★
5.00-7.00pm True Entertainment
Gregory Peck plays a priest who helps victims of Nazi persecution, in an impressive TV movie that also stars Christopher Plummer as his nemesis and John Gielgud as the Pope.
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