Movie Review: Nightcrawler is a Fully Realized Movie to be Sure, But is by No Means an Enjoyable One

November 3, 2014 7:55 PM

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Nov. 3, 2014. Almost all of the memorable scenes in “Nightcrawler” are ones where Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, Lou Bloom, is trying to get the better of people. Sometimes he’s trying to get a job. Sometimes he’s negotiating a price of his crime scene footage with local news director Nina (Rene Russo). Sometime’s he’s negotiating with Nina for something more than money. Sometimes he’s exploiting his hapless assistant Rick (Riz Ahmed). Sometimes he’s trying to explain his way out of trouble with the police. Whatever he’s doing, Lou rarely sees people as anything more than opponents – opponents who need to be beaten.

Some of this he does out of necessity (the movie takes place in the unforgiving world of late-night Los Angeles), but often he does it just because he’s him. This is a character who can only live with himself if he has the upper hand on people. I’ve heard Lou compared to Patrick Bateman (Christian B...

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