ANDREW COLLINS:FILM OF THE DAY
9.00-11.15pm Movie Mix
Socially engaged writer/director Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, In Time) impressed with his debut, a cool, dystopian fable in which social class is based on genetic perfection and can be antenatally programmed, at a price. Ethan Hawke, deemed “valid”, wins a place on the space programme, but all is not as it seems at the aerospace corporation. I defy you not to be drawn into this brilliantly designed world, elegantly scored, deftly paced and ultimately chilling. Gattaca is a minor modern classic.
Three Fugitives ★★★
Martin Short and Nick Nolte make for a very odd couple indeed in this sweet remake of the French farce Les Fugitifs. Short is an inept bank robber desperate to care for his autistic daughter, but when ex-con Nolte becomes caught up in his plans, the trio are forced to go on the lam.
The Conspirator ★★★
Robert Redford directs this worthy, if a trifle dull, historical drama. James McAvoy is charged with defending widow Robin Wright, the lone woman charged with conspiracy in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Twilight’s Kristen Stewart proves a smart foil for Jesse Eisenberg’s charming geek in a resonant coming-of-age tale set in an amusement park.
The Butterfly Effect ★★★
Ashton Kutcher made a first stab at serious acting here, in a supernatural tale that asks what might happen if you could go back and change the past.
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