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M-Net Action reveals its adrenaline-pumping April movie line-up

Published: 12 March 2012

Highlights for the month of April on M-Net Action include Ripley's Game, White Wall, Mean Machine, The Manchurian Candidate and Air Force One.

Monday premieres:

Inalienable
Monday, 2 April at 20:30

Cast: Richard Hatch and Jett Patrick.
Director: Robert Dyke.
Year of production: 2008

A man discovers that he is host to an alien parasite.

Sympathy
Monday, 9 April at 20:30

Cast: Marina Shtelen and Aaron Boucher.
Director: Andrew Moorman.
Year of production: 2007

When a reckless bank robber and his rebellious teenage hostage hole up for a night in a bad motel, anything can happen. A mysterious stranger and dark twists of fate send this night into a descent of bloody madness in this deadly game of cat and mouse where nothing is what it seems.

The Drone Virus
Monday, 16 April at 20:30

Cast: Billy Wirth and Maeve Quinlan.
Director: Damon O'Steen.
Year of production: 2004

When his young daughter survives childhood cancer only to die during an MRI scan, distraught single-father Stephen Roland investigates the tragedy and discovers that the machine malfunction may have been caused by a computer virus.

Ripley's Game
Monday, 23 April at 20:30

Cast: John Malkovich and Dougray Scott.
Director: Liliana Cavani.
Year of production: 2002

Psychopath Tom Ripley is living the good life in an Italian villa when an old partner in crime turns up. Reeves, a Cockney gangster, wants him to kill a Russian Mafia man in Berlin and he'll pay him $50 000 to do it. Ripley, who has accumulated plenty of money over the years, is reluctant, but he knows of just the man: the Englishman living next door.

Spirit Trap
Monday, 30 April at 20:30

Cast: Billie Piper and Luke Mably.
Director: David Smith.
Year of production: 2005

Fantasy and reality blur when a malevolent spirit terrorises four college students at a mansion.

Tuesday premieres:

Carnivorous
Tuesday, 3 April at 20:30

Cast: DMX and Wes Brown.
Director: Amir Valinia.
Year of production: 2008

After an incantation reanimates a monster serpent, a hardened Army vet jolts into action.

White Wall
Tuesday, 10 April at 20:30

Cast: James Boss and Gary Kohn.
Director: James Boss.
Year of production: 2010

In the future, a handful of cities subsist behind a large white wall. These cities hold the last survivors of a fatal virus. Transformed into a child soldier in his youth, both a victim and a vessel of violence, Shawn Kors dreams of a new life. When a war erupts between the controlling militia and a terrorist gang, Shawn gives up the life he's built to confront the past he never wanted.

Wednesday premieres:

Cujo
Wednesday, 4 April at 20:30

Cast: Dee Wallace and Danny Pin Tauro.
Director: Lewis Teague.
Year of production: 1983

Bitten by a rabid bat, a huge dog traps a Maine woman and her young son in their Ford Pinto.

Extreme Prejudice
Wednesday, 11 April at 20:30

Cast: Nick Nolte and Michael Ironside.
Director: Walter Hill.
Year of production: 1987

Jack Benteen and Cash Bailey were childhood friends. Now Jack is a Texas Ranger and Cash is a ruthless drug lord who works out of Mexico. The two face off on opposite sides of the border, Jack determined to clean up the drug traffic, and Cash equally determined to preserve his lucrative business.

The Big Man
Wednesday, 18 April at 20:30

Cast: Liam Neeson and Hugh Grant.
Director: David Leland.
Year of production: 1991

After a union strike, Scottish miner Danny Scoular finds he's unable to secure another job. Danny agrees to fight a bare-knuckle match that will bring in some cash. But before Danny realises it, he'll be the sparring slave of gang boss Matt Mason, a ruthless businessman who needs a fighter like Danny in his stable.

Mean Machine
Wednesday, 25 April at 20:30

Cast: Vinnie Jones and Vas Blackwood.
Director: Barry Skolnick.
Year of production: 2002

An imprisoned soccer star teaches his fellow inmates to play the game for an upcoming match between convicts and guards.

Thursday premieres:

New World Order
Thursday, 5 April at 20:30

Cast: Lauren Fox and Thomas Jay Ryan.
Director: Jay Lee.
Year of production: 2002

This is centred on the journal of an occult novelist, which sends Eris, a young college student, on a journey into the paranormal and fantastic, evolving into a living nightmare of paranoia and terror.

Desert Son
Thursday, 12 April at 20:30

Cast: John Bain and Erica Curtis.
Directors: James Mann and Brandon Nicholas.
Year of production: 2010

A young man, Phillip, is abandoned in the desert by his step-father and survives with two orphans (Jack and Lucy) in an abandoned mining town. Jack grows jealous of the bond between Phillip and Lucy and leads them back to civilization.

Seven Times Lucky
Thursday, 19 April at 20:30

Cast: Kevin Pollak and Liane Balaban.
Director: Gary Yates.
Year of production: 2004

Harlan, an ageing grafter and Fiona, the beautiful, ambitious student of the grift, make an unlikely duo - both of them shilling for chicken feed while dreaming of the larger score. After they finally get their big chance, all bets are off in a game of wits and outwits that leaves Harlan's life in deeper and deeper shambles.

Mercenaries
Thursday, 26 April at 20:30

Cast: Robert Fucilla and Billy Zane.
Director: Paris Leonti.
Year of production: 2011

A former British serviceman leads a special ops team on a mission to rescue a kidnapped ambassador.

Saturday premieres:

Devil in a Blue Dress (16VSL)
Saturday, 7 April at 20:00

Cast: Denzel Washington and Tom Sizemore.
Director: Carl Franklin.
Year: 1995.

The year is 1948 and Los Angeles is booming, but Easy Rawlins has seen better days. He's just been fired and he's got house payments to make, so when Easy is offered a job locating the mysterious Daphne Monet, he doesn't waste much time saying yes. As he investigates, he finds himself drawn into a web of murder, blackmail, brutal cops and corrupt city politics.

The Hurricane (16VL)
Saturday, 14 April at 20:00

Cast: Denzel Washington and Vicellous Reon Shannon.
Director: Norman Jewison.
Year of production: 1999.

Assisted by a Brooklyn teen and three Canadians, boxer Rubin Carter fights to be pardoned after long imprisonment for murders he did not commit.

The Manchurian Candidate (13VL)
Saturday, 21 April at 20:00

Cast: Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep.
Director: Jonathan Demme.
Year of production: 2004

A troubled Gulf War veteran becomes suspicious after a powerful senator's son becomes a candidate for vice president.

Be Cool (PG13VL)
Saturday, 28 April at 20:00

Cast: John Travolta and Uma Thurman.
Director: F. Gary Gray.
Year of production: 2005.

Chili Palmer runs afoul of music-industry players when he teams up with a friend's widow to produce a singer's début album.

Sunday premieres:

The River Wild (PG)
Sunday, 1 April at 20:00

Cast: Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon.
Director: Curtis Hanson.
Year of production: 1994.

A former river guide takes her troubled 10-year-old son on a rafting trip, along with her workaholic husband, whom she is thinking of divorcing. During the trip, the three meet up with two men; one of whom bonds with the son and takes an interest in the mother as well. All is not as it appears with the stranger, and the three are tested to their limits as individuals and as a family as the river carries them inexorably toward their final destination.

Abandon (13VS)
Sunday, 8 April at 20:00

Cast: Katie Holmes and Benjamin Bratt.
Director: Stephen Gaghan.
Year of production: 2002.

Katie has exams, she has to complete her thesis, and a competitive interview process, all of which is compounded when a police detective, Wade Handler, begins investigating the two year-old disappearance of her boyfriend, Embry Langan, a young man whose memory haunts and obsesses her. As the investigation continues, Katie is forced to choose between past passions and new possibilities.

Air Force One (16VL)
Sunday, 15 April at 20:00

Cast: Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman.
Director: Wolfgang Petersen.
Year of production: 1997.

Demanding the release of a political prisoner, a terrorist and his gang hijack the US president's plane.

The 13th Warrior
Sunday, 22 April at 20:00

Cast: Antonio Banderas and Diane Venora.
Director: John McTiernan and Antonio Banderas.
Year of production: 1999

A kidnapped emissary is enlisted in a battle with unknown foes that are slaughtering Vikings and devouring their flesh.

The Insider (13L)
Sunday, 29 April at 20:00

Cast: Russell Crowe and Al Pacino.
Director: Michael Mann.
Year of production: 1999.

Former tobacco researcher Jeffrey Wigand blows the whistle about the industry to 60 Minutes anchor Mike Wallace.
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