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24th Mar 2023

An overlooked action thriller gem is among the movies on TV tonight

Stephen Porzio

The Hunt

It was one of the many movies that saw its release impacted by Covid-19.

At last, Friday is here. And if you’re staying in tonight, why not kick back and relax with a good movie? Here are the films on TV this evening.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum – E4 – 9pm

With John Wick: Chapter 4 in cinemas now, what better time to catch up on Chapter 3?

Beverly Hills Cop II – Comedy Central – 9pm

Eddie Murphy returns as Axel Foley in this buddy cop action comedy sequel directed by Tony Scott (Man on Fire, Top Gun).

Lethal Weapon 4 – Turner Classic Movies – 9pm

Another buddy cop sequel, this time starring Mel Gibson and Danny Glover.

A Vigilante – Film4 – 9pm

In this well-reviewed drama-thriller, Olivia Wilde plays a vigilante who helps victims escape their domestic abusers.

Terrifier – Horror Xtra – 9pm

The original in the killer clown slasher franchise that wound up spawning last year’s runaway success Terrifier 2.

Black Hawk Down – RTÉ2 – 9.35pm

Ridley Scott’s visceral war film with an incredible ensemble cast.

The Man From Snowy River – TG4 – 9.50pm

Kirk Douglas is among the cast of this acclaimed ’80s Australian Western.

The Hunt

Betty Gilpin in The Hunt – our pick for tonight

Movies on TV tonight: The Hunt – Film4 – 10.50 pm

Our pick for tonight is this 2020 movie centred around a group of elites (the leader of which is played by two-time Oscar-winner Hilary Swank) who kidnap working-class people in order to hunt them. However, one of those kidnapped – an army veteran named Crystal (Betty Gilpin) – decides to fight back.

Co-written by Damon Lindelof (Lost, Watchmen) and directed by Craig Zobel (Mare of Easttown), the release of The Hunt was overshadowed both by Covid-19 and the movie becoming embroiled in a controversy involving then-US President Donald Trump (you can read more about that here).

It’s a shame though as the film is a solid, mean-and-lean horror action thriller that boasts a phenomenal lead turn by Gilpin, along with a strong dose of satirical black comedy.

Bachelorette – Comedy Central – 11.05pm

In this dark comedy, three friends (Isla Fisher, Kirsten Dunst and Lizzy Caplan) are asked to be bridesmaids at the wedding of a woman (Rebel Wilson) they used to ridicule back in high school.

Speed 2: Cruise Control – ITV4 – 11.05pm

Jason Patric replaces Keanu Reeves and a boat replaces a bus in this critically panned follow-up to the classic Speed.

Eaten by Lions – BBC Two – 11.35pm

This 2019 British comedy film about two half-brothers (Antonio Aakeel and Jack Carroll) that embark on a journey to find one of the brother’s fathers has a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score.

Hell Ride – Turner Classic Movies – 11.40pm

On the other hand, this outlaw biker film executive produced by Quentin Tarantino has a score of 10% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Hope Gap – RTÉ One – 11.40pm

Annette Bening, Bill Nighy and Josh O’Connor star in this British family drama.

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