'Nightcrawler' satirizes local news

October 31, 2014 7:01 AM

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'Nightcrawler' satirizes local news

Louis Bloom, the character Jake Gyllenhaal so fiercely inhabits in writer-director Dan Gilroy's terrific, creepy satirical thriller Nightcrawler, is so thoroughly strange, such an alien misfit, and so sleazy, you're tempted to wash your hands upon first seeing him.

An unemployed misfit trawling the streets of Los Angeles for work, for distraction, or for confrontation, Louis opens the film with a violent crime. Caught stealing wiring from a construction site, he beats up the security guard and steals his big shiny wristwatch.

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