WEEK IN MOVIES
WITH LEIGH PAATSCH
entertained and excited, but don’t be too surprised if you are often exasperated as well.
LONE SURVIVOR 6.25PM, FOXTEL PREMIERE Looking for fresh intel on why the American military picked a fight with the Taliban? Keep moving. Looking for the hard lowdown on how the American military fought the Taliban? Stay right where you are. And brace yourself. This is the true story of a tragic 2005 firefight in rural Afghanistan that pitted four Navy SEALs stranded on a hilltop against the fully armed might of a ruthless war lord. Like no war movie ever before, it captures the sensory overload that must swirl around a soldier under the most extreme circumstances. Stars Mark Wahlberg.
LOCKE 5.15PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE This minimalist curio is one heck of a stunt performance, executed by a technically accomplished actor. Here is a complete list of all there is to Locke. No need to get a pen and paper. Tom Hardy. A car. A mobile phone. What passes for an action scene here is a sudden need to turn on the windscreen wipers. Instead, across the lengthy sequence of calls that Hardy makes and takes throughout Locke, an unnerving portrait of a man on a one-way journey to possible oblivion gradually takes shape. Just why this man is putting his job, marriage and maybe even his sanity at risk is not for me to reveal. That’s the job of Hardy’s hyper-nuanced performance, and his instinctive choices of when to truly act or merely react all prove to be correct.
THE LUNCHBOX 10.20PM, FOXTEL MASTERPIECE
A richly flavoured tale of misplaced meals and unrequited love. In modernday Mumbai, a glitch in the city’s time-honoured “dabbawala” food delivery service opens a line of correspondence between two lonely people. Ila (Nimrat Kaur) is sending heartfelt lunchtime dishes to reignite the interest of an inattentive husband. The actual recipient is Sajaan (Irrfan Khan), a gruff accountant bewitched by the feeling that has gone into the preparation of these delicacies. In time, notes are exchanged along the culinary crossed wires, revealing the pair have much in common. Will they ever meet and dine as one? A gentle, understated romantic drama. Lovely stuff.
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES 8.30PM, GO! A perfect end to Christopher Nolan’s astonishingly ambitious Batman trilogy. The story picks up some eight years after the completion of The Dark Knight, with the Caped Crusader (Christian Bale) forced out of self-imposed exile when a band of nuclear-armed anarchists holds Gotham City to ransom. The lead bad guy is Bane, a metalmuzzled menace who will provoke both outright fear and fascination thanks to the brilliant acting of Tom Hardy.
THE HEAT 8.30PM, TEN You won’t be needing a thermometer to take the comedic temperature of The Heat. While it might be an easy enough film to warm to, thanks mainly to the opposites-repel casting of Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, don’t go sweating on too many big laughs. A lazy plot rips some well-thumbed pages from the good-copmad-cop playbook. Naturally, Bullock is the organised, stuck-up, by-the-rules one. Which means McCarthy, echoing her previous star turns in Bridesmaids and Identity Thief, is the messy, street-smart, renegade one.
Road trip: Tom Hardy is mesmerising in one-man show Locke.