Director: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed
Runtime: 1h 57 mins
When Louis Bloom, a driven 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. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
Dan Gilroy makes a strong and unforgettable directorial debut with the dark and disturbing thriller Nightcrawler. Gilroy establishes a dark and gritty Los Angeles backdrop for the remarkable, layered character Lou Bloom who is portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal who delivers an amazingly creepy stomach-turning performance.
Determined, hungry and driven Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) lives in L.A and survives on scavenging and petty theft. After coming across a car accident and observing a cameraman filming the accident; Bloom decides to buy his own camera and stumbles into a new career as a Los Angeles crime cameraman. Armed with a camcorder and police scanner, Lou Bloom drives across the city of L.A filming the most graphic and grisly crimes he can find and then sells the footage to a news station where TV-veteran Nina works (Rene Russo).
Nightcrawler revolves around the character Lou Bloom while he goes crime chasing trying to get the “money shot”. This is what makes Nightcrawler such a disturbing and shocking watch, as you see what Lou Bloom will do just to be successful. He goes to increasingly greater lengths just for that money shot, carelessly putting his life and others in danger just to be the best. Bloom greedily captures people at their weakest and most vulnerable moment for money without any remorse. That is why Nightcrawler is a dark, shocking and thought-provoking thriller.
The dark, intriguing, sickening character of Lou Bloom makes this movie so much better; it’s not easy to pull off a character like Lou Bloom but Gyllenhaal does it excellently. Besides Gyllenhaal’s excellent performance, the direction and writing was also terrific making it a must-see movie. Nightcrawler is a fast-paced, intense, thrilling and unsettling movie which manages to keep the tension, momentum and suspense until the very end.