ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The Matrix ★★★★★
Woah! – as Keanu Reeves might say. If ever a franchise experienced a rise and fall, both commercially and critically, it’s The Matrix. But what an impact the first film made in 1999, with its mix of genre-defining action, leaps of dystopian sci-fi imagination and far-out philosophical musings. It gave the baffled-looking Reeves his best role since Bill & Ted’s Ted, as hacker “Neo” who discovers that the world around him is a simulation and humans are used as living batteries by a race of intelligent robots. So he joins the rebellion, tooled up and imbued with superpowers. Writer/director siblings Andy and Larry Wachowksi threw everything they had at this mind-blowing alternative universe, and although its motifs have been endlessly recycled ever since – not least the “bullet time” 360-degree slow-motion effect – it remains a true one-off. The not-quite-so-thought-provoking sequel is showing on Friday.
Hellboy II: the Golden Army ★★★★
Pan’s Labyrinth director Guillermo del Toro crafts another intricate fantasy, with Ron Perlman getting red in the face (well, even redder) in the battle against an evil Luke Goss.
The Bourne Legacy ★★★
When producers want a sequel, they get a sequel whether the big star wants to play or not. Jeremy Renner isn’t Matt Damon, but this action tale remains a terrific thrill ride.
Phone Booth ★★★
9.00-10.45pm Movie Mix
If you thought getting calls about unclaimed compensation for mis-sold PPI is annoying, imagine how Colin Farrell feels when he picks up a public phone and gets shot at by a sniper. This inventive thriller still feels fresh.
10.45pm-12.35am Horror Channel
If you like a bit of gallows and gross-out humour then you’ll get a kick out of this 1985 comedy horror where Jeffrey Combs raises the dead — and your hair.
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