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About the Movie
Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding 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. 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. Aided by Nina (Rene Russo), 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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 241
- Fresh: 229
- Rotten: 12
- Average Rating: 8.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: A mesmerizing cipher, Lou is a spiritual descendant of Robert De Niro's Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver, and of the withholding protagonists in the existential French crime films of Robert Bresson and Jean-Pierre Melville
Fresh: For a first-time director, Gilroy demonstrates an uncommon assurance, not only in his audacious tonal shifts but in the stellar work he elicits from his cast and crew.
Fresh: Like an alternate version of Network in which Faye Dunaway cannibalizes the conscientious William Holden character, Nightcrawler cleverly dispenses with any debate about the tyranny of ratings and the erosion of privacy.
Fresh: Filmmaker Gilroy, brother to Tony (of the darkly marvellous Michael Clayton), makes every cinematic second count. If you blink you miss a tell-tale reaction shot, a vital visual plot clue, or a brilliant cut-in.
See It, You Will Thank Me
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Jake Gyllenhaal is one of the most talented and reliable actors alive today. He’s blown me away in more movies than I can name (some of my favorites being “Donnie Darko”, “Prisoners”, and “Enemy”) and his latest role as the sleazy crime reporter Lou Bloom even further proves his genius. He manages to up his first-class standard of acting and single-handedly carry this thrill ride of a film. “Nightcrawler” is one of those movies that comes out of nowhere and astonishes you, proving that Hollywood can still widely release great films. It’s a game-changer, and an entertaining one at that.
The film centers around Bloom, a driven young guy living in Los Angeles that never quite operates on everyone’s level. Desperate for work and looking for something to occupy his time, he comes across the fast paced world of crime journalism. Quickly forcing his way into the business and filming anything the news stations will buy, he begins to tow the line between observer and participant, all for his own favor. The more dangerous it is to capture, the more money he receives. And as you can expect, things get out of hand (much to the pleasure of the audience).
It moves at an insanely rapid pace from one incident to the next and is one of the most captivating films I’ve seen in a long time. I never stopped to check the time once, which certainly says something, and was mesmerized by the mannerisms and dialogue coming from this peculiar character. Everything about this movie enchanted me: the darkly comic moments, dedicated performances, and dynamite writing. Add all that up and you have one of my favorite films of the year. See it, you will thank me.
One of the best movies I've probably ever seen
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