De Volkskrant TV excerpt for Monday 16 January

Ralph Fiennes in ‘A Bigger Splash’ by Luca Guadagnino.

John Wick: Chapter 2

SBS 9, 8.30 p.m

(Action, Chad Stahelski, 2017) The budget for the 2014 revenge flick starring Keanu Reeves was nearly doubled for this sequel—from around $20 million to $40 million—and it shows. The action, which takes place in the cartoon-like gloomy underworld of New York, is this time noticeably inspired by the visually refreshing wave of action from, among others, Indonesia (The Raid) and is characterized by a pleasant unrest. Reeves thus definitively reincarnated as an action hero; another Wick sequel was released in 2019, part 4 is scheduled for next March.

Keanu Reeves in 'John Wick: Chapter 2' by Chad Stahelski.  Statue

Keanu Reeves in ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ by Chad Stahelski.

The thief, his wife and the canoe

NPO 2, 8.30 p.m

In the second section of The thief, his wife and the canoe John and Anne Darwin’s (Eddie Marsan and Monica Dolan) plan seems to be going well. The couple faked John’s death to collect the life insurance money. Because there is no death certificate, it takes longer than expected. John must therefore go into hiding and has the perfect place: the empty house next to his wife’s. The bizarre true story of Darwins has its comedic moments, but the series mainly highlights the tragic aspects of the case.

Silent Witness

BBC1 at 10 p.m

For 26 seasons, the forensics in Silent Witness deals with mysterious murders, and for almost twenty years, Emilia Fox has played the role of Nikki Alexander, the doctor at the head of the Lyell Research Institute. Over the next two nights, the team will embark on a new case in uncharted territory: the world of social media and influencers, where nothing is what it seems and everyone hides behind a mask. When Detective Zara Abbas asks the team for help, Alexander and her colleagues quickly stumble upon disturbing cases.


NPO 2, 22.19

If you are looking for a way to grow your savings, you will quickly end up investing in the current low interest rates. Many private investors take the plunge without understanding how financial markets and products actually work. The new series PlanetFinance by Marije Meerman sheds light on various aspects of the financial world. Stock traders, hedge fund managers and investors talk openly about the business and the goings on in the normally rather closed world. The first section shows how financial markets are created.


RTL 7, 22.25

(Action, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, 2006) Jason Statham plays an English assassin who tears through Los Angeles like a tornado. The reason is clear: the Chinese mafia has injected him with poison, and only a constant production of adrenaline keeps death at bay. It’s a magical excuse for a series of wild chases, wild sex and beatings. The result, then wrote de Volkskrant at the time of its release, is a film that has more testosterone in its system than all the cyclists in a hundred years of the Tour de France combined.

Jason Statham in 'Crank' by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.  Statue

Jason Statham in ‘Crank’ by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor.

La sect

Canvas, 11:10 p.m

The members of the Order of the Sun Temple were prepared by this sect for a journey to the star Sirius, to await the second coming of Christ. In the 1990s, 74 sect members died, often by suicide, but in many cases ‘helped’ by one of the other members. The last episode of Le sect highlights the trials of the leaders of the Sun Temple. It turns out not to be so easy to prove that the members died as a result of brainwashing by the cult leaders. A first trial in 2001 ended in an acquittal.

A bigger splash

BBC2, 12.15pm

(Drama, Luca Guadagnino, 2015) Rock star Marianne (Tilda Swinton) has retreated to an island after voice surgery with her lover Paul (Matthias Schoenaerts). The earthly idyll is broken by a surprise visit from Harry, Marianne’s ex and music producer (Ralph Fiennes) and his Lolita-like daughter (Dakota Johnson). A tighter script might have made this mix of sex, jealousy and psychological warfare even more toxic. But Guadagnino (Call me by your name, Suspiria, Bones and all) seduces the viewer with holiday brochure environments in beautiful spotlights. And Fiennes is sublime as the manic Harry, who storms into the film like a hurricane – and dances long and exuberantly to The Rolling Stones in an unforgettable scene. emotional rescue.

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