Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller
Action / Crime / Drama / Thriller
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NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. —Open Road Films.
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Aug 16, 2021 at 12:13 AM
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Stylishly Scary Tour de Force
From Welles to De Niro to Hanks to Bale, Hollywood has a history of actors going through extreme body transformations. While Gyllenhaal's intense weight loss will easily fit this trend, to only focus on that part of his commitment to Nightcrawler would be overlooking how impressively gone he is as Louis Bloom, the focus of this intense character study about an overlooked and disturbed individual. It's not a particularly "pleasant" film, and the pacing is far from quick, but the tension between Louis and his world progresses so beautifully as to pin you right to your seat. Nightcrawler is an effectively scary, uncomfortably funny, and stylishly gritty tour de force. The premise, plot and protagonist are truly unique: a sociopath becomes a freelance news-cameraman, stopping at nothing to succeed. Though his arc seems implausible, Gilroy crafts it smoothly, and Gyllenhaal's disturbed perfection make it hard NOT to believe. His unsettling bug-eyed expression and breathtakingly inappropriate smile are magnetic. Much like Scorsese's Rupert Pupkin, Bloom seems to believe he is the star of his own story: delusional, bull-headed, and respectably determined. Luckily, there is more here than just Gyllenhaal; powerful set-pieces resound, and the beautifully cool ambient guitar score is among the best of the year, complimenting Gyllenahaal's uneasy intensity. Even the camera consistently reminds us where Bloom stands in the deeply LA locale. At the heart, it's smartly calling out our propensity for praising characters for their desires, reminding us that compassionless ambition is extremely dangerous. For our fame-starved culture, Nightcrawler is a good message within a great movie with an even greater lead performance. A true don't-miss!
bottom line, does not work
Warning: possible spoilersFirst, I really like this plot, and really wanted to like this movie. But it contains so many things that are simply not believable, it ultimately fails.Jake Gyllenhaal does a good job portraying a creepy/weird guy who decides to become a video news reporter. But people like him make other people want to run away, not grant them full access to whatever they want!After getting some closeup images of a few accidents, which he is able to sell to a local news station that is desperate for ratings, he begins to think that he is Edward R. Murrow and starts making demands. The problem I have with this is that in greater LA, the idea that for any one incident he might not be as much as an hour away, means that *no one* could guarantee that they would be able to get these videos regularly. It would not matter what your journalism skills might be. Yet the movie shows him essentially holding up the news station as if he could guarantee these types of results.Next, every time he arrives at a crash or fire, there are no other cars backed up. He drives right up to the actual scene! Next, although a few police tell him to get back, in the real world, he would never be able to do what he does in the movie! Next, when he goes in to the scene of the supposed home invasion, which he heard about on the police scanner, and spends 5 minutes there before the police get there is not believable. Once the police find out, it is not believable that he would not be put under interrogation for 12 hours... instead he just makes some glib remarks and walks out. Any true police show like "The First 48" will show you how wrong this is.Finally, the idea that the police know he set up the final scene where the policeman is shot, and that he is just able to go on about his life as a news moguls is ridiculous.Maybe it is because I am a true crime buff that this made me so crazy, but if you watch this, you will see what I mean. I would not recommend it.Finally,
a timely warning
An enormously vivid movie that actually has something important and relevant to say. Gyllenhaal is superbly convincing as an egregiously awful human/hyena hybrid, while Russo shines as his more polished but equally dangerous enabler. All through the movie I kept hoping for some poetic justice : if there ever was a character who deserved a bullet through the spleen or a collision with a burning truck, it was Lou Bloom. Upon reflection the movie's ending is better. Bloom thrives and is about to divide and multiply himself into infinity, like cancer cells. A cautionary tale about the consequences and side-effects of our desire for ever more shocking and intrusive news footage.
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