Nightcrawler

PLOT:

Eager for any work that will make ends meet, Lou Bloom joins the flock of camera crews prowling the nighttime streets of Los Angeles in search of scandal and crime. But before long, Lou finds himself caught in the tabloid limelight.

What people are saying:

“A dark side look at the American dream. There’s always a movie about what it takes, and what is “takes”, to make it big, but writer/director Dan Gilroy implies something a bit different here. That maybe what it takes is to be sociopath, have no principles, moral or empathy and that maybe it rubs off a bit, because it is seductive and it is EVERYTHING and that’s how it spreads. Jake Gyllenhaal likened his character to a coyote and it really shows. Eye sockets dark and retreated, a lanking hunched over posture and an instinct for survival. No matter the cost. Also a great satire of TV news (spot-on, obvious, perfect). A character study, modern reflection, satire; single-minded and balanced.” 5 stars

“I suppose this movie is supposed to be a portrait of a disturbed person, as the Gyllenhaal character clearly is. I suppose this movie is supposed to be a comment on the sleaziness of TV news and the sleaziness of the American public that wants, nay, pretty much demands, to see the stuff the Gyllenhaal character shoots. Without any regard for how such footage is obtained or who might get hurt in the process. Personally, I find the Rene Russo character to be just as sick as Gyllenhaal’s. If these were indeed the purposes of the film, I think it succeeds brillliantly. There is probably just enough gore to keep the gore folks happy and for action fans the car-chase sequence will brighten up their day or night. So, on its own level, this movie is top-notch, I reckon. Personally though, I found watching this movie to be a very distasteful experience. Especially as the Gyllenhaal and Russo characters suffer no repercussions from their clearly illegal and immoral actions. And, in fact, are rewarded. Once again, I suppose though, their profiting by their repugnant actions is one point of the movie. One can only hope, watching a movie such as this, that one is maybe moved to try to be a little better than the society the movie is criticizing for watching this stuff. But I think of traffic jams caused, not by an accident, but on the lanes going the other way, as people have to slow down and gawk. Looking to see what, exactly, do you suppose?” 2 stars

“Nightcrawler made my skin crawl- in the best possible way. Jake Gyllenhaal lost like 50 lbs for this role. he said in an interview that he wanted to look “more coyote-like” and boy, does he! He has the bulging eyes, the scavenger tendencies, he lurks around the shadows or in the dead of night, he seems uncomfortable around other humans… I really liked Jake’s portrayal of Lou, he did a very convincing job playing a sociopath! and it was very uncomfortable to watch someone with such an inert, apathetic, and almost robotic person in motion… but man, did he play that well.” 4 stars

“Terrible movie, terrible ending and robotic acting. once you realize that jake gyllenhaal is playing a sociopath, you start to connect the dots real quick, spoiling the movie. Overall, i though this movie was extremely boring–it even made me angry at times. I’m very accepting when it comes to indie films, but this movie plot was just terrible, fantastic cinematographic execution, but just a plain boring plot.” 1 star

“Nightcrawler made my skin crawl- in the best possible way. Jake Gyllenhaal lost like 50 lbs for this role. he said in an interview that he wanted to look “more coyote-like” and boy, does he! He has the bulging eyes, the scavenger tendencies, he lurks around the shadows or in the dead of night, he seems uncomfortable around other humans… I really liked Jake’s portrayal of Lou, he did a very convincing job playing a sociopath! and it was very uncomfortable to watch someone with such an inert, apathetic, and almost robotic person in motion… but man, did he play that well.” 4 stars

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