[The Super Five] 5 Films You Should Check Out Featuring Jeremy Renner
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Welcome to a brand new weekly feature here at House Of Geekery called ‘The Super Five’. This is a different take on the ‘Top 10’ or ‘List’ style features, where I take a subject and simply name five things. It isn’t a top list, just simply five things for your enjoyment! Enjoy the debut column!
Jeremy Renner has had his stock lifted in recent years with The Hurt Locker, and he’s been working hard ever since. His supporting role in The Town gained him more recognition and he can now be seen in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. This list doesn’t include some of his more well known film, as I want to bring to light some of the films he’s been in which may have gone under the radar. He’s a talented actor and more should be checking out his earlier works.
Take is an interesting film, a depressing one but still worth a watch. Renner plays a gambling addict who we first see in prison. It is obvious something terrible put him there and the film unwinds to show us what happened. It runs parallel to a storyline involving a woman played by Minnie Driver and it becomes apparent that there is a connection between the two.
4.) NEO NED
This is a very quirky and offbeat film, which sees Renner as a Neo Nazi and in psychiatric care. He then falls for a young African American woman who believes she is Hitler. Yes that premise alone should peak interesting, it is a fun and engaging film with great performances all round.
3.) 12 AND HOLDING
This film sees Renner take a supporting role, the real stars here are the young kids whose story this is. Renner turns up in the life of one of the main kids, a 12 year old girl who gets a crush on him. He is a patient of her mothers and she tries everything she can to get his attention. His sad story is quite gripping and he has one of the best and saddest roles in the film.
2.) A LITTLE TRIP TO HEAVEN
This is a strange film, a drama/thriller which focuses on an insurance policy and a person who may or may not be dead. The main players are Julia Stiles, Forest Whitaker and Renner. For Renner this is a much different role and a little more on the darker side. There is no sympathizing with him here, and he gives one hell of a great performance.
This might be my favourite film and performance on this list from Renner, where he plays Jeffrey Dahmer. This is perhaps one of the best low budget serial killer films. A lot of these direct to DVD efforts are pretty terrible and not at all portraying the serial killer correctly or doing any justice to the victims. This shows Dahmer in a different way, and tries to shed a little light on what made him a killer. This is a brave and powerful film with an amazing performance from Renner who really disappears into the role.