Anon will premiere on Sky Cinema the same day as its cinema release
Sky’s latest original movie Anon will hit cinemas on Friday 11 May – but if you’re a Sky Cinema customer you won’t have to make the trip, as it will also be available to watch right there on your telly.
Anon, which stars Clive Owen and Amanda Seyfried, isn’t the first film to get this treatment – previous Sky originals Monster Family and The Hurricane Heist also premiered on Sky Cinema on the same day as their theatrical release.
The new film is set in a near-future in which everyone’s data is available to everyone else (topical, eh?) thanks to some sinister electronic implants. Owen plays detective Sal Frieland who, while investigating a series of murders, stumbles across a young woman (Seyfried) with no identity, no history and no record.
As Sal realises he must find her before he becomes the next victim, he faces a classic race against time.
Sky would no doubt like Anon to be a bigger hit with critics than its previous two efforts – Monster Family has a rating of just 10% on Rotten Tomatoes and reviews of The Hurricane Heist have been mixed – but you have to assume the real marker of success will be a combination of how much it can rake in at the box office and new Sky Cinema subscriptions.
While you'll need a Sky Cinema subscription or to actually leave your house in order to watch Anon, us Brits won't be the first to watch it as Netflix bought up the US and some foreign rights to it following last year's Toronto International Film Festival and will start streaming the movie in the States from Friday 4 May.
But if you don’t already have Sky Cinema at home and don’t fancy the hassle of finding a babysitter only to spend far too much on popcorn at the pictures, you do have other options.
You can add Sky Cinema to an existing Sky TV subscription for an extra £10 a month, to a Virgin Media TV package for an additional £21 or on BT TV from £13.50.
The alternative would be to get a NOW TV Sky Cinema pass, which costs £9.99 a month following a 14-day free trial. You’ll just need to make sure you’ve got a device connected to your TV that supports the app – a NOW TV Smart Stick is £14.99 or you could just as easily watch via a Roku stick or Chromecast.
Whichever option you choose, you’ll get access to a premiere a day – upcoming new releases include Alien: Covenant, The House and Captain Underpants – as well as 11 Sky Cinema channels and thousands of films to watch on demand.
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