Nightcrawler is a dark yet gritty thriller and certainly revived Jake Gyllenhaal’s career.
Gyllenhaal plays Louis Bloom, an unemployed nocturnal scavenger foraging for whatever low-wage opportunities can be found underneath the sleeping hum of Los Angeles’ cityscape. He finds himself in the world of nightcrawling journalism which is a bloodsport among freelancers to find the most gruesome and violent accidents, crashes, murders, and mayhem, film it, and sell it to the highest bidder (in this case bankrupt TV stations.) His videos made it’s way to Nina (played by Rene Russo), a graveyard shift news shark who is desperate for ratings. As the movie progresses, the relationship of the two gets more and more toxic. Bloom finds himself in the dangerous yet dark world of freelance crime journalism.
The best part of the movie is the evolution of Louis Bloom. In the first act of the movie, he starts off as an awkward yet funny individual who is looking for some work. When he is denied work, he just smiles politely and move on. For the second act of the movie, Bloom becomes more aggressive and turns into a tyrannical psycho. What’s rather brilliant about Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of Bloom is his personal outlook of life and success. It is both frightening and darkly hilarious. He is just an alienated man who is troubled but needed this experience to find himself in this world. Some of the decisions he made in this movie is so messed up that you might leave the theater early because of that.
Co-Starring Bill Paxton as a ruthless veteran nightcrawler and Riz Ahmed as Rick, Bloom’s nervous and hesitant intern, they both delivered strong performances but the show stealer was Jake Gyllenhaal. Director and writer Dan Gilroy gives an excellent portrayal of the seedy underworld of nightcrawling journalism. The movie starts off slow, but Gilroy does a great job in teasing the audience on what to expect next.
Cinematographer Robert Elswit (movie credit includes There Will Be Blood and Michael Clayton), does a beautiful job in filming and capturing the beautiful yet seedy city known as Los Angeles. From the wide lens camera shot of Bloom’s Mustang to the epic car chase near the end of the movie, Elswit did not hold anything back.
Overall, this movie is great and would recommend anybody to watch this. A must watch.
Movie Rating: 8.8 out of 10