Takers, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Life of Pi, Up There, Night at the Museum 2: films on TV today

It's raining mincemeat from heaven and other comedic/philosophical musings on the afterlife: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


PREMIERE Takers ★★★
9.00-11.10pm C5


Idris Elba has not always chosen well as his TV cred has hardened into Hollywood stock. For every Marvel film and Mandela on his swollen post-Wire CV, there’s a placeholder thriller like No Good Deed or Obsessed. An improvement on both, Takers is an efficient, lock-and-load heist thriller from the director of Texas Chainsaw 3D with a decent ensemble cast. As the British leader of a crew planning to rob armoured cars carrying $20 million, Elba seems less comfortable in his own accent than when he’s doing American, but he has the requisite cool, as do pop stars Chris Brown and Tip “TI” Harris, and the late Paul Walker. Matt Dillon brings gravitas as the peskily determined detective, and the whole thing has the feel of an LA-set, predominantly African-American Ocean’s Eleven. Gunfire, explosions, hip-hop, it’s slick and committee-written, but will while away two hours of an evening. I look forward to hearing Elba’s voice as Shere Khan in the upcoming Jungle Book. 

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ★★★★
1.30-3.10pm C5

The forecast is delicious in this vibrant animation about an invention that turns water into food. Ronald MacDonald is quaking in his big red shoes…

 Life of Pi ★★★
PREMIERE 9.00-11.30pm C4 

Yann Martel’s novel about a boy’s search for God makes it to the screen courtesy of Ang Lee. The film was blessed with four Oscars, including one for the stunning special  effects.    

Up There ★★★ 
PREMIERE 11.20pm-12.35am BBC2 

There’s life after death for Scotsman Burn Gorman, but the bad news is that it still means working for ‘The Man’ — Him upstairs, that is.

Night at the Museum 2 ★★★
4.30-6.35pm E4 

The stars line up for cameos and bring museum exhibits to life with Ben Stiller at the centre of the chaos, trying to save his pals from storage.    


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