Jeremy Renner Doesn’t Believe in Conspiracy Theories…

Kill the Messenger, movie, poster, Jeremy Renner

…but I’m guessing he soon will.

Watch the first trailer for the new political thriller, Kill the Messenger, from the writer of “Homeland” Michael Cuesta, making his feature debut.  This had completely fallen off my radar and I had forgotten all about it until yesterday’s announcement that a trailer was forthcoming. Some pundits, however, are already putting Jeremy Renner on their ridiculously early awards season lists, as a possible best actor nominee. (C’mon. It’s only MAY. Putting those things out there too early unduly influences the minds of movie-goers, in my humble opinion. Besides, if we’re making early predictions, I’m calling Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel.)

Kill the Messenger is based on a true story. Renner plays journalist Gary Webb, who exposed the CIA’s involvement and knowledge of the smuggling of cocaine into the United States. Webb’s publications put him and his family in the crosshairs of the agency who threatened to ruin his life and career.

“Some stories are just too true to tell.” Indeed.

In this first trailer we get a glimpse of costars Oliver Platt, Michael K. Williams, Michael Sheen, Rosemarie Dewitt, Barry Pepper, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ray Liotta. Pretty good cast, that!

Kill the Messenger opens in the US on October 10 and in the UK on 28 November. Me, I love a good conspiracy theory (not to mention it will be nice to see Renner in a role he can sink his chops into again), so I’ll be front and center with my popcorn. How about you? Interest piqued?

1st Snowpiercer Trailer for Mass Consumption!

Snowpiercer, movie, poster, Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Jamie Bell

Finally! A green-band trailer for Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer, and one that would seem to give us a better idea of what we can expect, at least in terms of narrative. The visuals, at least in my humble opinion have always been stunning.

In a future where a failed global-warming experiment kills off most life on the planet, a class system evolves aboard the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe via a perpetual-motion engine.

Take a look:

via JoBlo
Here’s the international red-band trailer:

via Yahoo

This is a film that’s been trying to make it out of the gate for a long time. Director Bong Joon-Ho, who wrote the screenplay with Kelly Masterson (Before the Devil Knows You’re DeadSidney Lumet‘s last film), makes his English-language debut with Snowpiercer, discovered the French graphic novel, “Le Transperceneige”, on which it’s based, in late 2004 during pre-production of The Host. Rights were secured in 2005, but filming didn’t begin until April 2012. It went into post in July of that year and debuted in South Korea in August of 2013. It’s already screened in the rest of the world, including a stop at this year’s Berlinale, so the US gets it last, but at last we get it, thanks to the cutting-edge arm of The Weinstein Company, RADiUS-TWC.

With an international cast that includes Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Go Ah-sung, Jamie Bell, Ewen Bremner, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Ed Harris, I hope it finds an audience. Sequels are already being planned based on other books in the series.

Snowpiercer gets a limited (there’s that word again – grrrrr) US release on June 27. Hopefully more cities will follow, but I have a feeling it will fare better via OnDemand.

What do you think? Will you look for it?

Bit of trivia: Bong and his production designer, Ondrej Nekvasil, designed the train to resemble a 1970s nuclear-powered submarine. Both the train and a sub from that era would have a similar average speed of 50km per hour.