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Jeremy Renner - The Hurt Locker

Jeremy Renner is the perfect reason why an actor should never give up, even when things are looking like they are going to be tough for a while. Renner has slaved his way through a career that started way back in 1995 and it has only been the last few years that this talented actor has received the acclaim and popularity that he deserves.

Renner’s love for acting began way back in his college days at Modesto Junior College. While he dabbled in psychology, computer science and criminology, it was the fact that he could show emotional expression in the theater department that led him to concentrate on his acting. Aside from college, he decided to expand his acting range by working at the local Police Academy as an actor as part of the Police training exercises. He then traveled to San Francisco so he could train at the American Conservatory Theater.

On his arrival in Los Angeles in 1993, he headed straight into the theater world when he starred in and co-directed the critically acclaimed “Search And Destroy,” before landing a role in the feature film “National Lampoon’s Senior Trip.” He then appeared in a number of television shows and movies including “Deadly Games,” “Strange Luck,” “A Friend’s Betrayal,” “A Nightmare Come True,” “To Have & Hold,” “Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane,” “The Net,” “Time Of Your Life” and “Angel” before scoring more feature film roles in “Paper Dragons,” “Fish In A Barrel” and “Monkey Love.”

Renner’s career took a huge step forward when in 2002 he played serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer in David Jacobson’s “Dahmer” – a role that saw him gain plenty of critically praise. Then in 2003, he gained box office success when he starred alongside good friend Colin Farrell in the action blockbuster “S.W.A.T.”

The success of “S.W.A.T.,” however, didn’t have a huge impact on Renner’s career straight away and soon the actor once again found himself picking up a variety of roles, ranging from voicing a character in the “Catwoman” video game through to appearing in Pink’s video clip for “Trouble.” He did, however, manage to appear in notable films including “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things,” “Lords Of Dogtown,” (with Heath Ledger), “North Country,” (alongside good friend Charlize Theron) zombie flick “28 Weeks Later” and the critically acclaimed “The Assassination Of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” – the latter being a film that saw him get to act amongst an A-List cast including Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck.

Then came the film that made Renner a worldwide name right around the world – Kathryn Bigelow’s intense war drama “The Hurt Locker,” which earned him a Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Academy Award nomination at the 2010 Oscars. He then backed that up with another performance that saw him earn another Oscar nomination; this time for the Ben Affleck directed “The Town.”

These nominations saw Renner become hot property in Hollywood. Soon he found himself playing comic book character Hawkeye who first appeared in “Thor” and then had a major part in the mega blockbuster hit “The Avengers.” Now considered a true action hero Renner soon found himself acting alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and then with Rachel Weisz in “The Bourne Legacy.” He also starred in the underrated “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.”

Jeremy Renner is very much THE MAN in Hollywood at the moment and the fact that he is one of the stars of three major franchises will ensure that he will be seen on cinema screens for a number of years. Yes, Jeremy Renner really has made it in Hollywood.

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Summary:An expansion of the universe from Robert Ludlum s novels, centered on a new hero whose stakes have been triggered by the events of the previous three films.

Year: 2012

Australian Cinema Release Date: 16th August, 2012

Australian DVD Release Date: 13th December, 2012

Country: United States

Director: Tony Gilroy

Screenwriter: Dan Gilroy, Tony Gilroy, Robert Ludlum (book)

Cast: Joan Allen (Pam Landy), John Arcilla (Joseph), Clayton J. Barber (Gene), Michael Berresse (Leonard), Dennis Boutsikaris (Terrence Ward), Sonnie Brown (Dr. Lieberburg), Michael Chernus (Arthur Ingram), Neil Brooks Cunningham (Dr. Han Hillcoat), Albert Finney (Dr. Albert Hirsch), Scott Glenn (Ezra Kramer), Tony Guida (Dr. Benezara), Adi Hanash (Outcome #1), Oscar Isaac (Outcome #3), Zeljko Ivanek (Dr. Donald Foite), Shane Jacobson (Mackie), Corey Johnson (Ray Wills), Stacy Keach (Retired Adm. Mark Turso USN), Jennifer Kim (Outcome #4), Page Leong (Mrs. Yun), Elizabeth Marvel (Dr. Connie Dowd), Donna Murphy (Dita Mandy), Edward Norton (Retired Col. Eric Byer, USAF), Michael Papajohn (Larry), Gita Reddy (Dr. Chandra), Jeremy Renner (Aaron Cross), Ali Reza (Dr. Talwar), Robert Christopher Riley (Outcome #6), Corey Stoll (Zev Vendel), David Strathairn (Noah Vosen), John Douglas Thompson (Lt. Gen. Paulsen), Rachel Weisz (Dr. Marta Shearing)

Runtime: 135 mins

Classification:M

Dave Griffiths’s ‘The Bourne Legacy’ Review:

It’s hard to fathom that a team could put together a film with the word Bourne in the title and not feature the character of Jason Bourne (made famous by Matt Damon), yet that is exactly what happens in The Bourne Legacy, a film that may not be as good as the others in the series but certainly holds its own.

This fourth film in the series follows Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner – The Avengers, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) an Outcome Agent who is left on the run after Outcome is official closed down by Eric Byer (Edward Norton – Moonrise Kingdom, Stone) after all the trouble that Jason Bourne has caused for the Blackbriar and Touchstone projects.

Of course closing down doesn’t simply mean shutting down the programs it instead means that agents such as Aaron and #3 (Oscar Isaac – Revenge For Jolly!, For Greater Glory: The True Story Of Cristiada) are to be assignated. After surviving the initial attack Aaron goes on the run and decides to rescue Dr. Marta Shearing (Rachel Weisz – Dream House, The Deep Blue Sea) the one person who he believes can answer all his questions.

While director/screenwriter Tony Gilroy (Duplicity, Michael Clayton) does come up with some interesting ways to get around having Jason Bourne in the film (and to his credit they do work) he also decides not to go to far away from the formula created by director Paul Greengrass in the last three Bourne movies. Certainly the flashy editing, roof top chase and massive car chase are there for all to see.

Gilroy however does take a massive step this time in the way he brings characterization to his characters. He has the advantage of Aaron knowing about his past to aid him (whereas Jason Bourne was suffering from amnesia), but the amount of work put into the character of Dr. Marta Shearing makes her an extremely interesting character that the audience can quickly warm to.

As a result Rachel Weisz laps up the role and puts in a stunning performance, so good is she in fact that she overshadows Renner who to his credit again shows that he is capable of pulling off some amazing action sequences but also has the ability to act his way through the more dramatic dialogue parts of the film. It is also good to see Aussie Shane Jabobson (Beaconsfield, Surviving Georgia) getting a chance to show off his skills on the world stage.

The Bourne Legacy may not be the best film of the series but thanks to a creative storyline it does work despite the fact Matt Damon (aka Jason Bourne) is nowhere to be seen.

Other Subculture Media Reviews of The Bourne Legacy:  http://www.helium.com/items/2366760-movie-reviews-the-bourne-legacy-2012.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

IMDB Rating: The Bourne Legacy (2012) on IMDb