Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton
Plot: When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.
My Review and Thoughts:
A superb acting role. An award worthy performance of disturbing and darkened excellence. Jake owns and creates a mind numbing experience like no other. Best acting performance of 2014. A dark sadistic plot, performance and complete eye opening reality that lingers deep inside your thoughts long after it's over.
I love when a movie steps over the ethical and moral bounds of human culture and explores the dark side of human beings. Nightcrawler's, journalists, the paparazzi they all can be inhuman and use that old-timey excuse: "I am only doing my job", well, the Nazis simple said: "they were only doing their jobs". We are a society hooked on violence and extreme bloodshed. We want the extremely gory stories and as long as there are Nightcrawler's, we will feed our need.
This film is a dark stained and grey atmosphere of emotions. A deeply brilliant plot. I liked how the movie showcased no heroes and no rational peace, only horror and the desire to step away from right and wrong. It's a no holds bar attitude and a dog eat dog world.
Directed by a new comer Dan Gilroy. This is his first directorial debut and all I can say it wowzers. What a start to directing feature films. Gilroy has written many films, but this is his writing and directing gold. He wrote and directed this little dark and deep experience that truly leaves a lasting impression on the viewer.
Jake deserves awards. Gilroy deserves awards for this is a haunting and thrilling experience. An acting masterpiece. A wonderful disturbing trip into the actions of a modern day, everyday psychopath, yet the psychopath is the public that wishes it, the public that watches it. The public that strives to be entertained by the news, the bloodshed and the violence of filmed entertainment is the modern day Nightcrawler.
A perfect crime drama with a rich thrilling experience in the exploration of flawless acting and character development. A tight direction and a dark personal inner workings of the human psyche. A nightmarishly dark ride of film mastery.