Posted by Nicholas Rapp on October 6, 2012 at 7:27 pm
I’m hearing a lot of buzz about the new comic indie Ingenious. Unfortunately, the type of buzz I’m hearing is about as annoying as having a fly 2cm from my ear. Kickstarter buzz. “Hey guys, we’re artists with no money and an incomplete product, but do give us free money!” The buzz exists for one reason only: The lead character in this film is Jeremy Renner, who was most recently the latest Bourne protagonist, and most notably one of the Avengers (Hawkeye). You throw a celebrity like him into an indie and it will garner widespread attention, no problem.
As far as plot is concerned, he plays a salesman who partners up with an inventor after both of their lives hit “rock bottom.” Together they come up with an excellent product that becomes a worldwide hit. Does this sound groundbreaking, or even exciting to you, banterers? This already seems like a film I’d forget minutes after exiting the theater. I don’t think I’d rent it on itunes, let alone help fund the kickstarter to fund its distribution. They’re saying that this is the first comedy Jeremy Renner’s done in twenty years… Now I don’t know about you all, but that makes me want to see the movie less. I’d rather watch an actor do comedy who has experience with comedy, much like I’d rather watch a violinist who has an orchestral education. You can’t take twenty years off from the violin and still hope to sound any good.
What bothers me most about this whole kickstarter business is that their goal is $48,000 dollars by October 13 according Radaronline. That’s really not a lot of money for someone like Jeremy Renner, who has been a part of blockbuster after blockbuster this past year. Why can’t he just pay it… Is the film not worth a little financial sacrifice to the lead actor? If he doesn’t want to pay the kickstarter, then why should we? See the trailer below: