The Impossible, Quantum of Solace, Under Siege: films on TV today

A tsunami for Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts, a second outing for Daniel Craig as James Bond, and Steven Seagal taking no prisoners as the ship's chef with special skills: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today




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 ★★★

 9.00-11.10pm ITV2 

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 ★★★★

11.00pm-1.10am 5★ 

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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