Trance, Spirited Away, Jurassic Park: films on TV today

A psychological thriller from Danny Boyle, a classic animation from the legendary Hayao Miyazaki and a monster monster movie from Steven Spielberg: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




PREMIERE Trance ★★★
9.00-11.00pm C4 

This from-the-hip British psychological thriller was directed by Danny Boyle either side of his commitments to the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. Originally a 2001 TV movie by Joe Ahearne, it was updated by Trainspotting’s John Hodge, and stars the perma-likeable James McAvoy as an art auctioneer caught up in the theft of a Goya painting and left with amnesia after a blow on the head. Trouble is, he’s secreted the artwork but forgotten where. Rosario Dawson’s sexy hypnotist is brought in by the thieves to unlock his brain. Twists and turns ensue, as various versions of events swirl in and out of likelihood, and no one is to be trusted, certainly not Vincent Cassel’s latest off-the-peg psycho. Peter Mandelson would call it “aspirational”, with its desirable London residences, art world setting and pop-video lighting, but under all the style and sleight of hand there is substance. You just have to be patient, and take notes. And not be shocked by blatantly gratuitous female nudity. 

Valhalla Rising ★★★
12 midnight-1.25am BBC2 

Prepare for Vikings as you’ve never seen them before in Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn’s dark, savage cult drama starring Mads Mikkelsen as a one-eyed, mute fighting machine.    

Jurassic Park ★★★★★

3.10-5.40pm ITV2 

Steven Spielberg’s terrifying dinosaurs are back in cinemas with the 3D treatment soon. But if 2D is more your thing, the original retains its jaw-dropping appeal.    

Spirited Away ★★★★
5.00-7.25pm Film Four 

This Oscar-winning Studio Ghibli animation is a wonderfully dark fairy story in which a young girl must enter a surreal fantasy world to save her parents, who have been turned into pigs.    

Mars Attacks! ★★★★

11.55pm-2.05am ITV4 

Tim Burton goes to town when little green men come down to Earth in this joyous B-movie romp featuring Jack Nicholson and Pierce Brosnan.    


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