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A Week In Film #323: Nerves and pits

The Hurt Locker title screen
The Hurt Locker
Jeremy Renner as as outsider bomb disposal expert in Iraq, slowly building a rapport with team members Anthony Mackie and Brian Geraghty. Contact moment with the British PMCs led by Ralph Fiennes stunning. Penned by Mark Boal (In The Valley Of Elah, Zero Dark Thirty), helmed by Kathryn Bigelow.

The Bourne Legacy title screen
The Bourne Legacy
Okay, so the post-Matt Damon series reboot, with Jeremy Renner as a genetically enhanced secret agent cut adrift, borrows heavily from its predecessors, but there are superb action sequences, and new director Tony Gilroy handles tension-ratcheting scenes like a pro.

A Belfast Story title screen
A Belfast Story
A criminal waste of Colm Meaney, here as a grizzled and weary old detective in Northern Ireland investigating a series of murders.

The Outsider title screen (1979)
The Outsider (1979)
A late 70s curiosity – idealistic plastic paddy Craig Wasson crosses the Atlantic to join the Provos and fight for his people, but soon finds himself a propaganda pawn in a dirty war. The only completed feature of writer-director Tony Luraschi, who on the evidence of this was no hack.

Harrigan title screen
A real wasted opportunity, given the creative vision underpinning it. Seventies Brit-noir with Stephen Tompkinson as a troubled detective returned to his native Newcastle after an unpleasant sojourn in Hong Kong. Some strong mood points and committed performances are let down by slack scripting and the overall cheapness permeating the look and feel. A shame.