ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Having terrorised the planet with alien invasion in Independence Day, and an ice age in The Day after Tomorrow, writer/director Roland Emmerich turned to the cataclysmic predictions of the Mayan calendar to give Earth another pounding. Best to let the science bit wash over you — solar flare, neutrinos, stuff getting really hot — and enjoy the ride, as world leaders gather to enact a lottery-based planetary exodus and individuals play out their own stories in classic disaster-movie style. John Cusack’s limo driver, ex-wife Amanda Peet and her plastic-surgeon boyfriend Tom McCarthy have kids to protect from the coming apocalypse and their flight takes them from an LA soon to be sucked into the bowels of the Earth to Yellowstone Park, where conspiracy theorist Woody Harrelson awaits doom with a told-you-so smugness. It’s big, loud, overstated and thoroughly entertaining, with box-ticking pets in peril and the audacity to work Poseidon Adventure-style aquatic peril into a terrestrial catastrophe. Showing as part of Channel 5’s cheeky End of the World Weekend, it’s followed by a countdown show The Greatest Disaster Movies.
10 Things I Hate about You ★★★★
Shakespeare goes to high school in this update of The Taming of the Shrew, with Julia Stiles as the moody teen cajoled into dating equally moody teen Heath Ledger.
Down Terrace ★★★
A good dose of gallows humour counters the kitchen-sink realism in the story of a criminal gang who suspect one of their number is a police informant.
Before he did those meerkat ads, Arnold Schwarzenegger worked with another diminutive comedy great called Danny DeVito. The result was a sparky tale of unlikely siblings.
Watch Saoirse Ronan run in this quirky fast-paced thriller about a child assassin trying to escape the clutches of CIA agent Cate Blanchett.
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