Unknown, I Never Sang for My Father, Hard to Kill, Secret Window, Aftershock: films on TV today

Who is Liam Neeson?, Gene belongs to daddy, Seagal is out for revenge (yes, again), Johnny gets an unwelcome visitor, and the earth moves for Eli: the RadioTimes team’s pick of free-to-air films on TV today


Unknown ★★★
9.00-11.15pm Film4 


The action-man renaissance of Liam Neeson in his fifties has been one of the more enjoyable quirks of 21st-century cinema. It was 2007 thriller Taken that arguably kicked things off, but 2011’s Unknown set his new reputation in cement. The big man plays a doctor visiting a conference in Berlin, who ends up in a coma after an accident and wakes to find his identity apparently wiped. In order to reclaim his name, he goes “off-grid” (don’t they all?), hooks up with Bruno Ganz’s ex-Stasi agent and Diane Kruger’s Bosnian immigrant cab driver, and assorted car chases and punch-ups ensue. A Hitchcockian ordinary guy in an extraordinary fix, Neeson makes a good everyman, albeit a remarkably fit and resourceful one. Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra marshals the action keenly, and you won’t guess the outcome. Well, I didn’t.

I Never Sang for My Father ★★★★
11.10am-1.10pm Movie Mix 

Before Gene Hackman won an Oscar for The French Connection, he picked up a nomination for this tale of a college professor dominated by his elderly father.

Hard to Kill ★★★
9.00-11.05pm ITV4

Steven Seagal . . . if you haven’t stopped reading already you’re probably interested to know that he plays a cop out for revenge against a gang who attacked him and his wife years earlier.

Secret Window ★★★
9.00-10.55pm Horror Channel 

This Stephen King thriller is no Misery, but the starring presence of Johnny Depp and John Turturro makes for entertaining viewing.

Aftershock ★★★
11.15pm-1.05am Movie Mix 

Eli Roth stars in this bloody mix (as in gory) of disaster movie and horror when six people get caught in the aftermath of an Earthquake.


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