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17th Apr 2024

One of the best war movies of recent years is airing on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

It has been compared to Apocalypse Now and Lord of the Flies.

Our TV movie pick for tonight (Wednesday, 17 April) is Monos, the 2019 war drama starring Julianne Nicholson (Mare of Easttown) and Moisés Arias (Fallout).

Set in Colombia, the film focuses on a group of teenaged guerilla bandits in the jungle who are tasked by their superiors with watching over a prisoner of war – an American engineer (Nicholson).

It isn’t long, however, before tensions flare up between the young soldiers as they face a series of stressful situations.

Written and directed by Alejandro Landes, Monos holds a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes – with many critics comparing it favourably to Apocalypse Now and Lord of the Flies.

In particular, the movie earned acclaim for its enigmatic unpredictable tale of teenagers struggling with growing up amidst violence, its stunning cinematography and its incredibly atmospheric score by Mica Levi (Under the Skin, The Zone of Interest).

Monos is airing on Channel 4 on Wednesday night/Thursday morning at 1.50am and will be available to watch on the Channel 4’s website after.

People are also able to rent it on Apple TV, Rakuten TV and the Sky Store. Check out the war drama’s trailer right here:

Here are the other movies airing on TV tonight:

Glory – Film4 – 9pm

Denzel Washington picked up his first of two Oscars for this other war drama.

Escape From New York – Sky Sci-Fi – 9pm

Manhattan Island has become a giant prison and the US president’s plane has crashed into it in a movie JOE previously called “one of the biggest cult movies of all time”.

The Fan – Legend – 9pm

The underseen sports thriller starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes that we recommended recently.

Eddie the Eagle – BBC One – 10.40pm

A biographical sports comedy with Hugh Jackman and Taron Egerton.

Widows – Film4 – 11.25pm

One of the most underrated heist movies of all time, which just recently turned five years old.

Spree – Film4 – 2.05am

Stranger Things star Joe Keery plays a murderous rideshare driver who goes to some extreme lengths to earn more followers on his social media profile.

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