Slacker Sunday demands minimum effort on my part and plenty of coffee. I found a trailer for the upcoming Kill the Messenger, a dramatic thriller starring Jeremy Renner as a reporter "who becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.
Michael Cuesta (Homeland) directs from a script by Peter Landesman based on the book by Nick Chou. The film also stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Barry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Andy Garcia.
I'm personally not a Jeremy Renner fan. There's nothing wrong with the man but he's kind of, oh I don't know, meh. Sort of indefinably boring. Let's see if he shakes it up in the trailer.
Oh! Gosh, he did shake it up, didn't he? At least to my ears and eyes, Renner seems to be trying to do something different. I've always had a sense that Renner wants to be an action star because he always thought that was the guy actor route to take. Lots of action and cojones, screen cojones anyway. He tried to do something a little different with the supporting part in American Hustle but he was almost invisible amidst everyone and everything else that was going on. In Kill the Messenger he seems to be bringing a more serious approach to the Snowden-esqe part; the material looks much more character driven than and that we actually get to see Renner play that character. Maybe there's hope for the guy yet.
Kill the Messenger hits theaters on October 10th.