Nightcrawler (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet)
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Nightcrawler is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
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This is a very well made movie, never going to sell it. Great acting on Jake's character, really saw the disconnect from normality he has, he doesn't see it as a weakness, but instead keeps trying to harness it, until he succeeds. He's a psycho, but he's pretty interesting to watch in action.
This movie is a perfect example of what he is fantastic at: Taking everyman stories that are rather mundane and not all the interesting in terms of the elevator pitch (Computer nerd gets himself into electronic news gathering for a local LA network. Riveting!), but then drawing you in and really making you care about what is happening, and what's going to happen next.
I also give him a ton of credit for the weight he dropped for this role. It really adds to the creepy factor. It would not have worked if he still had his jar-head physique.
Highly recommended viewing.
It's a creepy movie in that it's very plausible. Those are the ones that get me. Not the blood and guts or silly in-your-face attempts at horror. Jake is scary in how far he's willing to go and how good he is at manipulating people, despite his apparent lack of social skills.
This may not be in the league of all-time classics, but it's a very good attempt in a new avenue. I'm surprised this movie wasn't made 15 years ago (time flies!) around the dot-com era. I can see that it's more contemporary, though, in that a lot of new technology is readily available and of good quality, making it more likely for the average Joe able to pursue it.
Watch it and you might agree that this is one of the first good movies in this genre. Probably in another 15 years we might see more movies like this and compare them with this pack leader.
An overall interesting dark plot, which also makes a comment on our society, the media, and sensationalism of violence. For me the plot got a bit over-the-top as the movie went on, which is why it isn't totally a classic for me (i.e. doesn't get a 5th star).
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He had bad reviews for being a stoic; but isn't that exactly what he wanted to be?
He plays a disconnected soul very well.
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