Nightcrawler (2014)

by EHL Movie Reviews

Run Time: 1 hour 57 min
Release Date: October 31, 2014
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton



Plot Summary

When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Media in today’s society has no limits in what they do to get a story, their ethics are thrown out the window, if there is a story, they will get it. Nightcrawler could just be another film following a sociopath, Dan Gilroy managed to make it so much more than this. He managed to get across what lengths these people will go to to get their ratings up, its all about the ratings for them.

When a man such as Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) will go to extreme lengths to capture the story on camera, just to make a quick buck, you know he has a screw loose somewhere in that brain. Every time Gilroy pans the camera back at this character you can see the indifferent look in his eyes, the eyes of a sociopath. The script is clever, you can tell there is much more going on inside this mind, but he doesn’t quite say exactly what he wants to say, he gets his point across in a totally different manner.

Gyllenhaal brings this character to life throughout the film, every movement, every decision he makes resonates on screen, this creates a powerful performance that is quite unforgettable. This portrayal is such an important key to make the story flow, it is engrossing. You take an unpredictable personality, give him a goal, and see what his limit is, Louis Bloom does not have limits.

Gilroy has managed to create a film here which is about reaching the top, but through an emotionless and psychotic mind. This character has no care towards anyone else, he is selfish and in it for himself, the people around him suffer. What the film is great at is giving the supporting cast some sort of purpose in the main protagonists master plan, all of which play a big part in this absorbing story.

A performance to make your skin crawl. Gyllenhaal brings this emotionless sociopath right to the forefront of your mind, he’s frighteningly superb in this role, taking this story showing the ethical limits of the media and quite frankly owning it.