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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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There is a good amount of gunplay and even an exciting chase scene. There is a fair amount of gore, but most should not find it brutally repulsive.
Bill Paxton has only a supporting role, but his presence gave the film a higher credibility level. Rene Russo is critical to the storyline and does a great job as a struggling news director for the lowest rated news station in the city.
Nightcrawler struck close to home for me as I used to work in a nightshift job in the streets of the city I was born in. Often, I was filming crime scenes, criminal interviews, and witness statements.
I can tell you that this movie, while very weird and offbeat, contains a lot of realism. If you have ever worked overnight outdoors, you will know what I mean. The nighttime world is DIFFERENT, and this film does a superb job of capturing that weirdness in a realistic fashion.
Riz Ahmed is massively instrumental in making this script work. His role as the assistant to Gyllenhaal brings a sense of empathy and feel good vibes as he goes from a homeless guy to executive vice president of the firm. However, the sweetness eventually turns bitter as the two newshounds experience a clash of egos.
The cinematography is alive and compelling. The story is tight and progresses at a nice pace. I was never bored, rather, I found myself constantly thinking "what next???" I love a well-written, acted, and directed movie that is UNPREDICTABLE!
Jake Gyllenhaal morphes into Louis Bloom with amazing ease. This movie is astonishingly psychopathic and realistic in nature, delivering the true nature of news, media and paparazzi.
My favorite part of the movie is the "date night" at the Mexican resturant. I literally dropped my bowl of popcorn. LOL
This movie and Jake Gyllenhaal should have won an award.
The top 10 jobs psychopaths gravitate to. (Forbes magazine)
3. MEDIA (television/radio)
4. Sales person
7. Police Officer
8. Clergy (religion)
10. Civil servant