Cert: 15 Runtime: 117 mins Director: Dan Gilroy Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed and Bill Paxton
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Jake Gyllenhaal is at the peek of his career at the moment, Nightcrawler has had high praise from many a critic. Claiming that Gyllenhaal’s performance is his career best. My only issue prior to this was Dan Gilroy, this man wrote Bourne Legacy and Reel Steel. These are bad movies in my opinion , each trailer made it more appealing to me. What is Nightcrawler all about? Unemployed and broke, Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is thwarted at every turn as he searches for work. Then he happens upon a car crash, where an intrusive, hard-nosed cameraman is delighted to be first on the scene. This is Lou’s introduction to the seedy lifestyle of ‘nightcrawlers’ – roving freelance camera crews whose motto is, “If it bleeds, it leads.” He’s soon out on the streets, desperate to beat his rivals to crime scenes, pile-ups and major fires. His recklessness and dedication impress tough-minded TV executive Nina (Rene Russo). But the temptation to go one step further in pursuit of a scoop lands him in deep water.
Telling you any more than that would be criminal. Suffice it to say that those who gaze into the abyss better be worried about what’s looking back. That almost makes it sound like Gilroy’s made a morality play, but “Nightcrawler” is darker and weirder than that, more interested in studying Bloom, who is a fascinating character as written and as played.Bloom is the most detestable character I’ve seen in ages. He’s a soulless cockroach rummaging through the misfortunes of others, ravenously feeding off violent crimes, sometimes while they’re still happening. But the news station keeps on buying what he’s selling. Viewer ratings spike with each successive horror scene that hits the air. It’s not Gyllenhaal’s best performance in my opinion. Zodiac, Prisoners and Darko still are his finest portrayals.
Unfortunately Nightcrawler was not the film I wanted it to be, yes is was dark and twisted. But the story was far to thin, there was no meat on the bone. We just dwindled from scene to scene, by saying this I didn’t hate it at all. Nighcrawler is a decent watch, but I don’t think I’ll be re-watching it just yet. It really could of dropped about 30 minutes of footage, it could of been bolder and better like that.There was an essence of Drive through out the film, the shots, music and ambience. The whole back drop of Los Angeles was visually stunning, and the contrast between the picturesque city and the seedy underbelly is well noted. Each scene with Gyllenhaal filming accidents is just fascinating, I imagine Gilroy wanted you to question what would you do? It’s always interesting to question also how far will you go to succeed? Bloom is a man on the tip of insanity I believe and all he wants is to be accepted into society. It’s a well shot film, very meticulous and cleanly shot. The night shots are fantastic, the eeriness of night lingers in the background as we associate bad things at night. Nightcrawler is a decent watch and deserves your own judgement. Mainly watch it for Gyllenhaal, you deserve that in your life.