Taken 2, Tunes of Glory, Blue Steel: films on TV today

Liam Neeson's skills are put to the test, military sticklers John Mills and Alec Guinness bump heads, and Jamie Lee Curtis gets the role of her career: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today

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Taken 2 ★★★
9.00-10.50pm Film Four 

An unsurprisingly formulaic sequel to phenomenally successful 2007 father-daughter kidnap thriller Taken from French writer/producer Luc Besson, Taken 2 at least flips the plot of the first film on its head. Directed, like Taken 3, by the fabulously stage-named Olivier Megaton, it mines further ore from action dad Liam Neeson, now hitting 60. In the first film, his retired CIA agent with the “very particular set of skills” had to rescue daughter Maggie Grace in Paris. Here, the man himself is abducted by the same Albanian gangsters, but in Istanbul, and he relies on her to find him, so that the pair of them can kill the baddies. The rest is chasing, shooting, leaping and detonating, with some nasty violence along the way. Famke Janssen isn’t given much to do as Neeson’s ex and Grace’s mother, considering the feminist reversal of fortunes, but Taken’s job is to grip and excite, and it does a lot of that in a rather stingy 88 minutes. 


Tunes of Glory ★★★★

2.50-5.05pm Movies4Men 

The stiff upper lip of John Mills comes up against the iron principles of Alec Guinness in this fabulously acted military drama that builds towards a shocking conclusion. 


American Pie: the Wedding ★★★

10.00pm-12 midnight ITV2 

Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan tie the knot – well, that’s the idea – in what was intended to be the final slice of Pie. Foul mouths and gross-out gags guaranteed.  


Blue Steel ★★★★

10.45pm-12.45am Horror Channel 

Long before The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow directed Jamie Lee Curtis in her finest performance as a cop pursued by a man obsessed with guns. And with her.    


Drive Angry ★★★

11.00pm-1.00am Spike 

Hilarious non-stop action nonsense, with Nicolas Cage as a denizen of Hell back in the mortal world to wreak horrible revenge. Amber Heard co-stars, and gives as good as she gets from Cage.   


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