ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Under the Skin ★★★★
PREMIERE 10.45pm-12.35am Film Four
British director Jonathan Glazer’s third feature in 14 years (after New York psychodrama Birth) is closer in abstract style to his famous TV commercials for Sony or Guinness. Extrapolated from rather than based on Michel Faber’s satirical novel, this is the darkly esoteric tale of a mysterious, English-accented femme fatale (Scarlett Johansson) who preys on unsuspecting local men in Scotland. Its otherworldly tone and queasy electronic score by Mica Levi are sharply at odds with the hidden-camera footage of grey, rainy Glasgow and its unwitting inhabitants. Johansson is truly mesmerising as the rouge-lipped siren who lures her suitors to a nondescript van and a fate worse than death. The film loses its way occasionally, but it’s an experience you’ll not forget.
Ray Winstone is pretty impressive in this period drama as a bitter veteran of the Boer War who tracks a Maori seaman wanted for the murder of a British soldier across the spectacular wilderness of New Zealand.
Paul Walker and Idris Elba are members of a high-flying gang of thieves who live well on the proceeds of increasingly daring crimes. But when they get tempted into the old one-last-job scenario it gives the cop (Matt Dillon) obsessed with their capture another chance to nail them. Loud, fast, a bit mental, and thrills galore.
The Naked Gun ★★★★★
“Nice beaver!” The double entendres flow as Leslie Nielsen’s idiot cop Frank Drebin crashes the scene in his first hilarious big-screen spoof adventure.
With the Rugby World Cup up and under it’s a good time to show this stirring drama about how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) used the 1995 tournament in South Africa to unite a divided nation.
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