24 Jan 2019 AT 11:51 AM

What we're watching and playing this week

24 Jan 2019 AT 11:51 AM
What we're watching and playing this week

CINEMA
The Gandhi Murder (18 tc)


Ever since Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30, 1948, Indian conspiracy theorists have been scribbling furiously in their notebooks, trying to disprove what the trial concluded were the facts.

More than seven decades on, the debate still rages as to who was ‘really’ behind the Father of the Nation’s murder on the steps of Birla House, New Delhi.

The Gandhi Murder is another such conspiracy theory, driven by directorial duo Karim Traïdia and Pankaj Sehgal, whose stated decision to make the film was fuelled by their disbelief that it took almost 20 years for a thorough investigation to take place.

What the pair also wanted to explore is one of India’s most burning questions: If those at the top knew he was going to be assassinated, why did they not to do more to prevent it happening?

The film itself is set against the backdrop of a newly independent India divided by religious opposition and on the verge of civil war. Ralitza Ivanova’s script tells the story of three Indian police officers, all of whom are well aware Gandhi’s life is in peril but are struggling to decide how best to go about saving it.

One of the most intriguing sub-plots, however, is the parallels drawn between Gandhi and Abraham Lincoln, both of whom apparently died because of their desire for inclusivity.

If this doesn’t make you want to watch, Vinnie Jones is in it (although they spelled his name wrong on the offical trailer).
In cinemas January 31

CINEMA
Destroyer (18 tc)


Throughout Nicole Kidman’s glittering career, she’s never shied away from gritty roles (think Stoker and Dead Calm among others) but none are grittier than that of Erin Bell, aka Destroyer. This heavy drinking, embittered, verging-on-insane LA cop is thrust into taking down the same gang she infiltrated many years earlier in a botched bid to end its reign of terror. Kidman looks the part and plays it with a real fire in her eyes
In cinemas January 31

NETFLIX
The Protector (15)


The Turkish TV thriller is hardly a genre that has swept the world into a frenzy, but in The Protector, our friends from the Bosphorous might well be on to something. Meet Hakan (Çağatay Ulusoy) who is plucked from obscurity and given the task of saving Istanbul after discovering he’s linked to a secret order. Torn between his love of a woman and that for his city, Hakan must be brave as he battles the evil, immortal forces in his midst.
Available now on Netflix

CINEMA
Arctic (18 tc)


Another unlikely source for a hit, this Icelandic-American survival drama went down rather well on its Cannes premiere, receiving a full ten minutes of standing ovation. We’re expecting big things, then, of Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) as Overgård, the only survivor of a plane crash in the Arctic Circle who’s forced into the life-or-death decision of whether to stay put in the ‘camp’ he has built himself or leave to seek help. Tough one, eh?
In cinemas January 31

GAMING
Kingdom Hearts 3 (pegi 12)


Some 13 years since this third part of the much-loved RPG series was first mooted, you can finally take up Sora’s story once more. We join our faithful protagonist as he embarks on a perilous quest to thwart the so-called Heartless, an evil force whose goal it is to destroy the universe. Donald Duck and Goofy come along for the ride, which is set in a host of Disney and Pixar worlds.
Available on PS4 and Xbox One from January 29

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