By Shout-Africa Correspondent – This weekend Viasat 1 brings you some of Hollywood’s acclaimed pieces: Gone Fishin’, Splinter, Catch me if you can and The Last King of Scotland. Thursday night at 10 Gone Fishin’ starring Danny Glover and Joe Pesci takes you on a funny spin where two working-class friends, Joe and Gus, win a contest and get a free fishing trip. When they arrive, everything goes wrong – hurricanes, stolen car, blow-ups and other catastrophes follow them. First, they are conned out of their car keys by a con man killer, who preys on older women. As they give chase, they team up with two young women who are also after the killer who took all the jewelry and money of one of their mothers. Many disasters later, the two are faced with the killer and all of his loot. Gone Fishin’ hits your screen Thursday 24th February 2011 at 10pm.
On Friday 25th February at 10pm Viasat 1 will air the 2008 horror Drama Splinter. Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror. It all began while camping in the woods, Polly Watt and her clumsy boyfriend Seth Belzer damage their tent. They decide to spend the night in a low-budget motel. Meanwhile the criminals, Lacey Belisle and Dennis Farell, have trouble with their runaway car while heading to Platt and they walk on the lonely road. When Polly passes by Lacey, she stops the car and the couple is rendered by Dennis. However, Polly hits something in the road and while replacing the tire, they are attacked by a weird splinter. The car overheats and they stop in a gas station, where they are trapped by zombies, victims of the splinter parasite.
And then on this week’s Blockbuster Movie of the week Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hanks take you down a road of a battle of wits and smarts in Catch Me If You Can. This Hollywood Classic is set in the 1960s in New Rochelle. High school student Frank Abagnale Jr. idolizes his father, who’s in trouble with the IRS. When his parents separate, Frank runs away with $25 in his checking account, vowing to regain his father’s losses and get his parents back together. A few years later, the FBI tracks him down in France; he’s extradited, tried, and jailed for passing more than $4,000,000 in bad checks. Along the way, he’s posed as a Pilot, a Pediatrician, and an Attorney. And, from nearly the beginning of this life of crime, he’s been pursued by a dour FBI agent, Carl Hanratty (played by Tom Hanks). What starts as cat and mouse becomes something akin to father and son relationship. Catch Me If You Can shows at 9pm Saturday 26th February 2011.
The weekend is rounded off with Sunday night’s classic Idi Amin movie The Last King Of Scotland with Forrest Whitaker. In the early 1970s, Nicholas Garrigan, a young semi-idealistic Scottish doctor, comes to Uganda to assist in a rural hospital. Once there, he soon meets up with the new President, Idi Amin, who promises a golden age for the African nation. Garrigan hits it off immediately with the rabid Scotland fan, who soon offers him a senior position in the national health department and becomes one of Amin’s closest advisers. However as the years pass, Garrigan cannot help but notice Amin’s increasingly erratic behavior that grows beyond a legitimate fear of assassination into a murderous insanity that is driving Uganda into bloody ruin. Realizing his dire situation with the lunatic leader unwilling to let him go home, Garrigan must make some crucial decisions that could mean his death if the despot finds out. It’s a guaranteed entertaining weekend on Viasat 1!