ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY
Tower Block ★★★★
Premiere 9.00-10.45pm C5
From the fertile mind of screenwriter James Moran (Severance, Cockneys vs Zombies) comes a thriller at the economic sharp end that nobody could mistake for Ben Stiller’s slick, expensive Tower Heist. Resourcefully and effectively staged by James Nunn and Ronnie Thompson in their co-directorial feature debut, we focus on the last remaining tenants of a condemned London block when an unseen sniper starts to pick them off from a vantage point.Familiar TV faces Sheridan Smith, Julie Graham and Russell Tovey join the seasoned Ralph Brown (Withnail & I) and the mighty Jack O’Connell in a risky escape, with internal conflict a constant disuniting force. There is something of the classic disaster movie about this motley gang in a fight for survival but leavened by social realism and a near-total lack of glamour. Amid the laser sights and sudden death, there is a backstory here, too. It forms a pair with another low-budget Brit tower-block thriller, Containment.
Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters ★★
Premiere 4.00-6.00pm C4
Classical mythology is once more brought into the here and now in this fantasy sequel, which stars Logan Lerman as the young demigod hero. Showing for the first time on Freeview.
Harry Brown ★★★
This British thriller sees Michael Caine as an OAP who turn vigilante, but the film misses a trick by not casting Christian Bale as his kindly butler.
I’m So Excited ★★★
Pedro Almodóvar’s black comedy sees three camp air stewards (who’d have thought it) try to calm the passengers on a stricken plane.
Saoirse Ronan stars as the teenage assassin with Cate Blanchett in her sights in this fast-paced thriller with a offbeat fairy-tale feel.
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