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Film Review: Nightcrawler

Posted on November 10, 2014 in Arts & Culture, Movie Reviews
By Krysteana Scribner

Open Road Films

The pulse-pounding thriller Nightcrawler, directed by Dan Gilroy, tells the story of a man who is desperate for a job and discovers the high-speed world of crime journalism in Los Angeles.

If you find twisted human behavior both fascinating and psychologically thrilling, than this film is a must-see. Nightcrawler tells the story of a sociopath named Lou Bloom, an individual driven to desperation in his constant job hunt search who often steals metal with intent to sell it.  Played by renowned actor Jake Gyllenhaal, Lou lives day to day unsure of his financial income, until the day he discovers a car crash surrounded by L.A. crime journalists.

After a sudden moment of inspiration from group of freelance journalists who document the city mayhem, Lou uses his cheap camcorder and police scanner to immerses himself into the dangerous world of crime journalism.

He begins to realize that crime of the city means the possibility of more money in his pockets. Fueled by adrenaline and a bit of greed Lou begins staging and manipulating crime scenes, all to get that perfect, dramatic and valuable shot. Lou thrives through the aid  of  Nina, head of the local TV and top buyer.

This film engulfs the viewers mind with its dangerous chase sequences, creepy night landscapes of the LA underworld and the even creepier anti-hero Lou Bloom.

Even scenes with threatening silence leave the viewer anticipating a murder or crime scene discovery. The silence of this sociopath makes for an excellent film experience that leaves the audience in constant, mind-consuming anticipation.

On a completely different level of analysis, Nightcrawler also works as a social satire. It mocks the voyeurism and lack of ethics that tv broadcast media more often than not shamelessly exhibits. Lou breaches the laws of journalistic ethics and turns the profession into a blood sport. Gilroy deserves much applause for his edgy film execution.

However, Gyllenhaal deserves the highest applause for giving what I believe to be one of the best performances of his career. Playing the role of a soulless and egotistical anti-hero, his performance can give anyone goose bumps.

Not only does Nightcrawler keep audience members always guessing what will happen next, but it is also strangely funny. The engaging plot combined with excellent acting makes for the best viewing experience you may have yet this year.

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