Nightcrawler (2014) Review

January 31, 2015 9:03 PM

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The first thing you’ll likely notice about Nightcrawler is how creepy Jake Gyllenhaal look in this film. With a title like Nightcrawler, it’s easy to mistaken it for a film about the X-Men mutant with teleporting abilities. However, in director Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, the film explores one man’s entanglement with the underground world of Los Angeles freelance crime journalism, which comprises of videographers similar to paparazzis who stalk crime scenes instead of celebrities. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Louis Bloom as a smooth talking con artist who can sell you just about anything, or so he thinks, by using his ability to read people like an FBI profiler and his tech savvy skills to dig up information to learn about people’s weaknesses so that he can use them as leverage to get what he wants. Louis is completely devoid of empathy and integrity and he secretly hates people (although he can put on a very plausible act of convincing people otherwise). The only thing that drives him is the dollar sign and his ambition to further his career. He has no qualm about committing unethical acts if that’s what it takes to bring him success. Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as Louis Bloom resembles Christian Bale’s portrayal of the notorious fictional serial killer Patrick Batemen in American Psycho, but minus the vanity.

Louis is a smart and capable business-minded man who’s out of work and needs a job but no one seems interested in hiring him. He steals manhole covers and steel fences from construction sites to sell them dirt cheap just to get by. He lives by himself in a tiny apartment with just a couch, a TV and ...

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