ANDREW COLLINS:FILM OF THE DAY Vacancy★★★★ 11.10pm-12.55am Movie Mix
Director Nimrod Antal’s movie is a high concept, low-budget tale with a nasty streak, and it doesn’t take long to work out that the young couple who check in to a creepy motel after a wrong turn will wish they hadn’t. Played by Kate Beckinsale and the less charismatic of the Wilson brothers, Luke, they make a terrifying discovery and decide to leave. Though I think you can guess that complications ensue. All of the action takes place at the motel, so the shocks and twists are imaginatively staged, but it’s a straightforward piece of audience manipulation, whose plot worryingly hinges on a handy lack of mobile phone coverage. By the way, if you’re short of time, the trailer for the movie is almost as effective as the full-length feature.
Funnyman Steve Martin gives one of his most delicately funny turns in this whimsical update of the love story Cyrano de Bergerac — even with a big comedy nose. Daryl Hannah is the object of his affection.
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