Jeremy Renner will rendition his way into your heart: ‘The Bourne Legacy’ review

Do you know how much I love Jeremy Renner? So, so much. I went to see The Bourne Legacy yesterday (review at the end of the post), and my love for Renner has grown even further. I want Legacy to be a big hit for him – I want the film to make a lot of money so Jeremy can make whatever film he wants to make. Early predictions have Legacy scoring an opening weekend box office of somewhere between $40-45 million hopefully – which would mean that it’s a solid success, but not a runaway hit.

I have to wonder why Jeremy didn’t do more promotion for the film? It felt like the Renner interviews were few and far between. That being said, I did find some new quotes from him which make me like him even more:

Jeremy on marriage: “I come from a large, large family with many divorces, so I chose not to go down that route straight away,” he says. “Instead I essentially got married to my career.”

On his offbeat looks: “Aren’t we taught as kids that we’re beautiful because we feel beautiful and not because someone else says so?” he asks. “You don’t look like the model on the magazine cover but you can still be beautiful, so I can’t say I really want to change anything. I’m happy with the flaws that I have.”

He’s romantic but inconsistent: “It’s the inconsistency of my life that makes it difficult. I think I’m pretty romantic. I’m quite a thoughtful person. Also inconsiderate, piggish, stubborn.”

[Via Contact Music & The Telegraph]

His interview in The Telegraph was actually kind of harsh – they go on and on about how he’s not traditionally handsome. WTF? I think he’s got a winning combination of boyishly handsome, quirky-hotness and rugged sex appeal. I would hit it. I would hit it faster than I would with most “traditionally handsome” men. Anyway…

My mini-review of The Bourne Legacy (SPOILERS included):

I know a lot of critics are totally hating on this film as “boring” and “tired” and “not as good as the Matt Damon movies.” But I liked it. I loved the Damon-Bourne trilogy, and I’m preconditioned to love spy sh-t, so I was prepared to like this film in any case. I wasn’t balls-out in-love with it, but I enjoyed it thoroughly, despite some plot holes and a giant suspension of disbelief that you have to make early in the film. The story, obviously, has some problems, but what saved the film were a series of stellar performances given by some of the best actors working today.

First, Jeremy Renner was AMAZING. I love this little guy, my little pocket boyfriend. And trust me, he’s little. He’s also BUILT. And he can ACT. He turns mediocre material into something incredibly watchable, moving and believable. He had a great deal of chemistry with Rachel Weisz, and one of my biggest complaints is actually that it took too long for those two characters to get together in the same scenes. As for Rachel – she’s so pretty. I just enjoy watching her, and I want to applaud her accent work in particular – great job on her American accent. The biggest problem? Any time she had to move with haste, she seemed really uncomfortable and out of her element. Which is probably how the character was supposed to feel, but Rachel’s uncomfortable “I’m running, for real now” face took me out of the movie. I liked that those two characters seemed the same age, I liked that she was educated and smart and slightly maternal. I liked that they quickly became very protective of each other – it wasn’t just Renner doing the “saving” of a damsel in distress. She saved him too.

Other great, notable performances. Veteran character actor Zeljko Ivanek gave one of the (hands-down) creepiest performances EVER. Scott Glenn had a craggy, intense cameo, and fans of the original trilogy will see some familiar faces too. Edward Norton was good, but his character was actually under-written and I wasn’t really clear what his real position was, and what his motives were supposed to be.

Norton’s character is deeply involved with the giant suspension of disbelief that you have to make at the beginning: namely, that you have to believe that Norton’s shadowy, government figure would be willing to burn an expensive, successful covert intelligence program which had yielded excellent assets, contacts and intelligence JUST BECAUSE the program is adjacent to another program that is about to be “outed”. Let me just say this: I believe my government is involved with creating super-spies and super-soldiers. I believe the world of covert intelligence gathering is more ethically and morally murky than I even know. And I don’t believe that my government would “burn” solid intelligence assets in Pakistan and North Korea just because some pieces of these murky programs might be exposed. You know what I’m saying? We know about rendition and wiretapping. We know that there were American spies on the ground in Pakistan hunting bin Laden. The jig is up. We KNOW. It makes no sense to burn those assets.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Amelia says:

    So going to see this, just for the pocket rocket. I’m going to make sure I contribute to box office takings ^^
    I do love Renner. He’s just so adorable in some ways but I could totally see him as an up-against-the-wall type as well. Best bit of Ghost Protocol.

  2. Jennifer says:

    He reminds me short troll. I don’t know why.

    • lu says:

      Me too! I don’t find anything about him attractive, he doesn’t even have a personality to make up for it.

      The film was ok, not anywhere near as good as the first three.

    • silken_floss says:

      He reminds me of a pug tbh lol

  3. the original bellaluna says:

    For some reason, I always mix up Jeremy and Tom Hardy. (I’ve no idea why, except they’re the same height.) Am I the only one?

    Also, if you’ve read the books, you know that women saving Bourne as well is a theme. (I avoided the Damon movies, because I so loved the books. Some things you just can’t change.)

    • Glimmer Bunny says:

      They are SO not the same height! Jeremy is like 5’7 and Tom Hardy is at least 5’10…

      Love them both though :)

  4. Genevieve says:

    I went to see “Bourne”, as well…LOVED IT!. The divine Rachel Weisz was wonderful, but I thought she looked sort of weird when any acton was required. However, she did mention that she had to “learn to not run like a girl” in the interview you ran an excerpt of last weekend. I was kind of expecting that, lol.

    Jeremy Renner was SUPERLATIVE….I actually loved that this wasn’t a cookie cutter of the Matt Damon “Bourne” trilogy.

    Overall…awesome, go see it y’all!! Grat escape movie.

  5. Hubbahun says:

    I love him…sigh…

  6. Rita says:

    Kaiser, the depth of your understanding of our intelligence community is not only impressive, but its spot-on.

    However, you should know that just last week our government “burned” two highly valued Pakistani intellegence assets for posting dong pics on twitter.

    Wikki-leaks has the full story.

  7. Sonia says:

    I’ve never seen any of the Bourne movies before this one, and I enjoyed HIM immensely :-) The story…meh. But HE was delightful!

  8. Izzy says:

    Not only is Jeremy invited to rendition his way into my heart, he is welcome to wreck my sweetshop, anywhere, anyway, anytime.

    Also, why is everyone so obsessed with his height? My cousin met him and said he’s average height, not short. Having said that, does height really matter when you’re horizontal? I doubt it, and again, Jeremy is welcome to prove my point. Anytime.

    • jaye says:

      This comment gets an emphatic AMEN from me. As for Renner? Yeah…I’d hit that. So. Hard. (Does that make me a slut? You know what? I don’t even care.)

      • Izzy says:

        Then I guess we’ll both revel in our slutty fandom! :D Thanks to the CB boards, I now have a long list of hot actors whom I would gladly let into my sweetshop. Renner is one of the top men on that list. Those arms!!! Gah!

      • Ruffian9 says:

        Additional AMEN over here. I don’t care how tall he is. He’s intense and (probably) a little crazy. I am ALL OVER THAT.

      • Ruffian9 says:

        Also, real talent is HOT as hell.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      A lot of us are not attracted to shorter men. It is what it is. I thought he was 5’7″ – the same as TC on stilts.

      • marybeth18 says:

        I think he’s a little taller than 5’7″- maybe 5’8″-5’9″? James McAvoy is 5’7″, and Renner just seems a little taller than that.

        I remember during the press events for “The Town” with Ben Affleck (6’2″), Jon Hamm (6’0″), and Rebecca Hall & Blake Lively (both 5’10″ without heels), Renner was definitely shorter, but not THAT much shorter.

      • Izzy says:

        True enough, Zen, and no judging from me. Different men appeal to different women, etc.

        Also, “TC on stilts” – *giggling madly here*. As good a comment as “lift-wearing midget” – another fave of mine.

    • ssa says:

      I’m 5’10″ so its always a bummer when hot dudes are shorter than me bc most men are usually put off by women towering over them.

  9. Tiffany27 says:

    I love, love Jeremy, but I did not like this movie. At all. I’m not sure what I thought it would be but I did not like it. So Eve continue to not see anything Ed Norton related. Oscar Isaac was beautiful, but only in the movie for like 10 mins.

    • Eve says:

      Oscar Isaac was beautiful, but only in the movie for like 10 mins.

      Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! :cry:

      So Eve continue to not see anything Ed Norton related.

      Thank you, dear.

  10. The Original Mia says:

    We got to see this on Wednesday at a sneak peek. I’ve been holding in my squee for days. I loved it. I loved the Bourne trilogy, but there was something so good about Renner’s Aaron Cross that made me love him even more. I think it’s the fact he was funny and sexy and sensitive (totally did not see the twist with his character). I truly felt for him in a way I didn’t with Bourne. Yes, Bourne had amnesia, but he also had his full faculties when choosing this life.

    Anyway, I’m so glad this movie will be a hit for Renner. He’s a sexy pocket rocket boyfried.

  11. Messenger says:

    jeremy is someone worth watching, both on screen and off…he is a breath of fresh air imo. someone who is comfortable in his own skin and knows the true meaning of “private life”. just when i thought hollywood (with few exceptions) was filled with sell outs. bravo.

  12. Amanda_M87 says:

    The movie was okay. I enjoyed Renner and Weisz’s acting, but the plot line was a bit silly and the movie went on a bit too long.

  13. Vivian says:

    Just saw it today and as someone who enjoys spy movies, I enjoyed it so much and agree with your review. I do believe that they will make another that explore more character connections as hinted in the flash backs. Not sure why there’s so much hate for the film…. I liked it more than the previous 3 Bourne too, this I credit to liking Renner and Weisz more than Matt etc.

  14. MrsBPitt says:

    Renner was awesome in The Town and Mission Impossible GP…but everytime I see him, I keep seeing those blind items about him and TC…I know, I know, blinds are ususally made up…just can’t get that out of my head for some reason!

    • Ranunculus says:

      Love Jeremy, he is awesome talented and I hope they did a good a movie around him, as he deserves it. Yeah I hope that TC rumour is not true. Jeremy can and by god should hit on any and every hot, gorgeous male in HW and beyond and have oodles of fun with them, but please Jeremy, not TC.

  15. Nanea says:

    The Guardian had a piece on him, called Action hero at last with YouTube videos of Dahmer and The Town.

  16. Mauibound says:

    He’s definately got acting chops, he was brilliant in The hurt locker. No he’s not pretty boy handsome but I prefer a manly looking guy.

  17. Amber says:

    Oh! I love him! So glad this movie is a hit. Have my ticket, going to see it Tuesday.

  18. ZenB!tch says:

    I’ve never been interested in the Bourne movies. I can leave or take Matt Damon and I guess I never saw him as a lead.

    I like Jeremy Renner because he gave me something to focus on during that Tom Cruise movie I was dragged to. For that I am thankful. I’ll see this in a few weeks. I’m poor, I have to wait until I can use the AMC passes.

    As for his looks… he has a nice upper body… and he has green eyes. He’s not conventionally hot but at least to me he is hotter than Matt Damon (was he ever buff?) I prefer brunettes who are not Clooney or Cruise.

  19. Nessa says:

    I love him. Always. I saw the movie this weekend and thought it was just okay. I will have pleasant dreams about his sexy ass for the next week, though.

  20. Nan209 says:

    I had a good time watching it. I’m also predisposed to spy flicks (thanks Mom). I think the Bourne movies are a nice response to the 007 movies/books which are extremely outlandish but still entertaining.

    I liked Stacy Keach too. I hadn’t seen Ed Norton in anything lately so it was nice to see him again, though I think he could have dialed it back a bit.

    Renner has become an action figure and he’s cashing in but I’d like to see him do a few more indy films which he’s done in the past just so I can see him do something that resinates deeper. I’m pretty sure I’ll see anything he’s in, hell, I even suffered through Ghost Protocol and Tom Cruise just to watch him.

  21. Lara says:

    I saw it and loved it. I totally understand and share the LOVE for Jeremy Renner. He is also my type and an amazing, hard-working actor like him totally deserves this long-overdue success. Rachel is one of my favorite actresses, ever since the “Constant Gardener”. The movie is a very well made, solid thriller. Main characters have an amazing chemistry, and I also loved how they protected each other. You have a great description of Rachel’s character, beautiful, educated, and maternal. I miss Edward Norton, I understand that, allegedly, he has control issues, but he is one of the best American actors. My God! He has grey hair! Zeljko Ivanek was creepy and awesome. I think he was terrific on the first season of Damages as a shady and corrupt lawyer. Bottom line the movie is highly recommended.

  22. ssa says:

    Ugh, I love him so much. I’m so glad the movie did well! I didn’t have time to see it but I’ll go sometime this week.

  23. Madhubala says:

    Saw it and liked it. Renner was excellent (and sinfully sexy) as Aaron Cross. As much as I enjoy the Damon-led Bourne movies, I can’t help but wish they’d started the franchise with Renner instead. He was THAT good. I’m glad the movie’s a hit, there were a lot of people who didn’t think it would even open as well as it did.

  24. RHONYC says:

    i think he is our generation’s Steve McQueen. ;-)

  25. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    I thought he was great in it as well, but Im stickin old school..still prefer the Damon-Bourne films. Will say that Rachel W was an outstanding choice for the female lead.

  26. Lindy says:

    If I can get some free time, I’m totally going to see it. I like Renner a lot and think he’s very talented!

  27. Madpoe says:

    He’s growing on me. I first saw him in “28 Weeks Later” but this Bourne trailer keeps me squeein’, I didn’t even care to see the others might check this one out.

  28. Neesagam says:

    Omg! I thought I was the only Jeremy fan out there! No, he’s not the definition of gorgeous but I would be all over that if given the chance. The boy looks GOOD in his clothes (for example the suits he’s wearing in MI, Ghost Protocol fit him perfectly), gotta jaw that won’t budge and he’s gotta walk that oozes confidence and that looks good on ANY MAN! He looks so great in fight scenes that I just wanna wrestle with him myself. He also seems to buck Hollywood tradition and I love that. I’m soooooooo glad he getting some recognition. Loved him in Hurt Locker.

  29. Ashlee says:

    Good lord almighty, I freaking LOVE Jeremy Renner. I agree with all the fangirl love shown above. I will also add to the fact that I’d hit that, many many times over if possible. :)