Tag Archives: Jeremy Renner

HANSEL AND GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS

9 Jan

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Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters was a disappointing interpretation of the Grimm fairytale to say the least. The mixture of humor and horror could not match the coolness factor of Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) as witch hunter siblings hellbent on revenge. There were many great ideas in director/writer Tommy Wirkola’s script, but he could not maintain a consistent voice and look throughout the picture that could convince audiences to believe in his story. I could accept the exploding witches (to an extent) and kind-hearted trolls that seemed to be the only creature that could actually kill humans for some reason, but I could not swallow the anachronistic scenes of witches duking it out with Jeremy Renner, as well as the Van Helsing-like modern weapons used in the film. For me, the film was a complete letdown, but I am sure there will beĀ  a sequel with a lesser known cast in the future.

WORD COUNT: 155
Chuck’s Grade: D-
Adam’s Grade: N/A

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol still entertains, but it does not save the world.

14 Feb

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Tom Cruise once again accepts the mission to star as Ethan Hunt in the fourth installment of the Mission Impossible franchise. Ghost Protocol adds some new members, Jeremy Renner (William Brandt) and Paula Patton (Jane Carter), which do a good job complimenting Cruise, but it is obvious that the villains do not share the same fire power. The story is straight-forward with no twists. There are some amazing stunts that keep the film in the conversation, but the action is not good enough to save the story. If Hunt is going to continue to accept missions, then it is time the franchise find a new a star to take on the role. I am a big Tom Cruise supporter, but he does not have the same explosive presence he did in the earlier films. He looked tired and undersized for the role standing next to Renner. Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol still entertains, but it does not save the world.

WORD COUNT: 159

Chuck’s Grade: B-

Adam’s Grade: B+

The Hurt Locker have audiences sweating

5 Jan

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The Hurt Locker reveals the stressful environment soldiers are experiencing as they attempt to execute their duty in the line of fire. In this film, it is three soldiers assigned to the bomb disposal unit. Sergeant William James (Jeremy Renner) recklessly leads JT Sanborn (Anthony Mackie) and Owen Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) into harms way more than once, which creates some internal problems among the team. Screenwriter Mark Boal attempts to show audiences that some parts of the war can become addictive like a drug, and that it can have a negative effect on those involved. This production is much different than most war films because the impact does not come from trying to blow things up, but rather from trying to stop the explosives from detonating. Director Kathryn Bigelow heightens the intensity by using hand-held cameras while Renner and Mackie give outstanding performances. Audiences end up sweating as much as the bomb disposal unit cutting wires.

WORD COUNT: 157

Adam’s Grade: A

Chuck’s Grade: A-

The Town turns heads

12 Oct

In 2010, movie audiences were taken by surprise when the film, The Town turned heads with this unexpected action thriller. Ben Affleck’s career has been hit or miss over the years, but lately it has been more misses than hits, until he wrote, directed, and starred in this gangster film about a group of bank robbers that seem to always be one step ahead of the law, until its leader, Doug MacRay (Affleck) falls in love with Claire (Rebecca Hall) a bank teller from his latest heist. Things get complicated when James Coughlin (Jeremy Renner) challenges MacRay to rememberĀ  his loyalty to his friends and Charlestown.

Affleck captures the character of Charlestown with wonderful shots of the city and excellent performances from his supporting cast of Renner, Jon Hamm, Pete Postlethwaite and Blake Lively. The Town is an exciting film that gives audiences one great heist scene after another and a refreshing ending that leaves audiences hoping for a sequel.

WORD COUNT: 160

Chuck’s Grade: A
Adam’s Grade: A-

The Bourne Legacy Misses Matt Damon

14 Aug

Jason Bourne is on a leave of absence, which is unfortunate because he was desperately needed in this film. It begins in Alaska, and ends up following Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) around the globe. Unlike Bourne, Cross must take pills to maintain his physical gifts. The first three installments have led us to point that the CIA under Edward Norton’s watch decides to eliminate its “special” agents and anyone else (Rachel Weisz) connected to the project. Renner and Weisz attempt to escape the CIAs kill switch.

The acting is top-notch, but with a chaotic script Renner and Weisz can only do so much. The film’s exposition takes too long to set up, and then tries too hard to recover. The film’s action sequences are pretty standard and does not offer audiences anything new. I was disappointed with the editing and some of the cinematography. I love the first three films, but the fourth does not meet Bourne’s standards.

WORD COUNT: 157

Adam’s Grade: C+
Chuck’s Grade: B-