During the month of February 2022 Rai4 (channel 21 of terrestrial digital) will dedicate a large place to cinema with a series of previews and first visions that are truly unmissable and which will explore the genres dear to the channel’s viewers, namely action and the thriller.
But for nostalgic cinephiles, Rai4 will also offer a weekly cycle of films that pays homage to the 90s, Back to the 90s, a double of films, in the first and second evenings, linked by an ideal red thread, which will lead each Sunday to the discovery of cult titles from the last decade of the 1900s.
The desire for action will be satisfied, on Wednesday February 2 at 9.20 p.m., by the premiere of “Savage Dog – The Wild”, directed by action cinema specialist Jesse V. Johnson, a former stuntman who, from this film, has partnered with martial arts star Scott Adkins. Savage Dog – The Savage is set in Indochina in 1959 and tells the story of Martin Tillman, a boxing champion imprisoned in a forced labor camp where boxing matches are held that are bet on by wealthy local businessmen. When it’s time for Martin to return home, his captors will do anything to stop their champion from leaving the field.
Deadly challenges and clandestine encounters, Thursday February 10 at 9:20 p.m., are also at the center of “The Fighters – Blunt Force Trauma” by Ken Sanzel, an unrestrained first action with Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto and Ryan Kwanten. Fighters and lovers, John and Colt are the champions of a modern gambling game in which skilled snipers hunt and compete in firefights across South America. While John is obsessed with beating all-time champion Zorringer, Colt has been hatching a plan for years to avenge his brother’s death.
Saturday February 12 at 9:20 p.m., we go from action to thriller with the preview film “Hangman – The Hangman Game” directed by Johnny Martin and starring Al Pacino, Brittany Snow and Karl Urban. A sadistic serial killer is inspired by a children’s game, the hangman game, to commit his murders. Veteran homicide detective Ray Archer and his young colleague Will Ruiney, an expert profiler, are tasked with tracking down the killer. Along with the police, journalist Christie Davis also begins a personal investigation to discover the identity of the murderer and anticipate his movements.
Another premiere on Wednesday February 16 at 9:20 p.m. with Ian Softley’s thriller “Curve – Mortal Trap”, in which a young woman travels alone by car to join her friends but offers to drive the wrong man, a hitchhiker who turns out to be a psychopath: the only way for the girl to escape the intentions of the man is to make the car skid and cause an accident.
On Wednesday, February 23, also in prime time, survival thriller merges with supernatural thriller in the world premiere film “Sweetheart” directed by JD Dillard and produced by thriller King Midas Jason Blum. A girl is shipwrecked on a desert island but soon she realizes that someone, or rather something, is coming to visit her during the night, emerging from the waters: an amphibious creature… very hungry!
From February 6, Rai4 Sundays will be characterized by an ideal journey back in time to the 1990s. of this decade, films entered the pop imagination by arrogance, signed by great directors and interpreted by award-winning Hollywood stars. .
It begins with “A Day of Ordinary Madness”, a passionate thriller by Joel Schumacher and starring Michael Douglas as the ordinary man harassed by the oppressive daily life of Los Angeles which suddenly explodes in a whirlwind of violence and madness. Schumacher’s film will be paired with another fable of urban, anarchist madness, David Fincher’s “Fight Club,” based on the novel of the same name by Chuck Palahniuk and starring Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Jared Leto.
The next double will have in common the director Oliver Stone, author of the sports thriller “Every cursed Sunday”, with Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, James Woods and Jamie Foxx, which will be followed by “Natural Born Killers”, an unforgettable cult born from an idea by Quentin Tarantino and played by ultra-pulpy criminal/killer couple Mickey and Mallory, played by Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis who are joined by performances by Robert Downey Jr. and Tommy Lee Jones.
An evening dedicated to horror cinema will see in prime time Neil Jordan’s classic “Interview with the Vampire”, inspired by Anne Rice’s literary masterpiece, a vampiric epic spanning the centuries with Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst and Christian Slater; to follow it will be “Nightmare – New nightmare”, the seventh film in the saga dedicated to supernatural murderer Freddy Krueger who returns here to be directed by its creator, Wes Craven, in a dark fairy tale with a meta-cinematic flavor .
To conclude the cycle, a double date which has as a common element the actor Westley Snipes, icon of the 90s: the prime time will see Tony Scott’s thriller “The Fan – The myth” in which the actor, in the role of a baseball champion, duet with Robert De Niro, a sports fan who turns his passion into an obsession by becoming a dangerous stalker. In the late evening, the directorial debut of actor Mario Van Peebles “New Jack City”, a metropolitan black who tells the story of the spread of crack in New York through fights between criminal gangs for the control of drug trafficking in the Big Apple. A small affair that marked the revival of the film of urban gangsters with an African-American key.