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Kill the Messenger

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KILL THE MESSENGER Jeremy Renner
Chuck Zlotnick

Kill the Messenger

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
112 minutes
Limited Release Date:
10/10/14
performer:
Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Jeremy Renner
director:
Michael Cuesta
distributor:
Focus Features
genre:
Thriller

We gave it a B-

Jeremy Renner takes a break from kicking butt in the Avengers films for a much more sedentary role. He plays real-life San Jose Mercury News reporter Gary Webb, who in 1996 wrote a series of explosive articles alleging the CIA’s complicity in cocaine smuggling from Nicaragua into the U.S. The ensuing controversy cost him everything. ”He’s brave, but that doesn’t make him heroic,” says Renner of Webb, who died in 2004 of two self-inflicted gunshots to the head. ”He ruffled feathers, and felt like he wasn’t doing his job if he wasn’t ruffling feathers.” Webb was a whistle-blower to some and a shoddy journalist to others, but Renner, who took on the role of an infamous serial killer earlier in his career, isn’t choosing a side. ”Even when I was playing Jeffrey Dahmer, I couldn’t judge…. I had to make sense of things.”