ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
The Impossible ★★★★
9.00-11.10pm Film Four
Though a fan of disaster movies, I approached this only partially fictionalised account of the real-life 2004 Boxing Day tsunami with a degree of trepidation. Part of the vicarious fun of The Poseidon Adventure or Armageddon is that they’re not real; the tsunami killed around 230,000 people and the story on which this movie focuses actually happened to the holidaying Alvarez-Belón family from Spain. They are magically English in director Juan Antonio Bayona’s ambitious re-creation of the tidal wave itself and the waterlogged aftermath, when mum Naomi Watts, severely injured, is separated with her eldest son (a brilliant Tom Holland) from husband Ewan McGregor and the other children. Their fraught search to reunite drives the Hollywood-style narrative. The flood is created partly by CGI but also through use of water tanks, and it shows. It’s a harrowing experience, but well made, and you will particularly feel the pain of an Oscar-nominated Watts.
Quantum of Solace ★★★
Daniel Craig’s grim, single-minded James Bond seeks revenge in this punchy, breathless entry in the series that picks up the action from Casino Royale.
Under Siege ★★★★
10.00pm-12 midnight Spike
In his best action movie to date, Steven Seagal does battle with a group of terrorists led by Tommy Lee Jones in this fast-paced action fodder, set at sea.
In Time ★★★★
It’s well worth investing a couple of hours in this Justin Timberlake thriller, set in a world where you must buy your way to a longer life.
King and Country ★★★
11.00pm-1.00am True Entertainment
Runaway soldier Tom Courtenay is defended at his court-martial by Dirk Bogarde in Joseph Losey’s moving allegory about the workings of the British class system.
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