Sound Off: Jake Gyllenhaal in Dan Gilroy's 'Nightcrawler' - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
October 31, 2014
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "You have to make the money to buy a ticket." In theaters now is Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler, a story set during nighttime in Los Angeles about a young man desperate for work who lands a career in late-night crime journalism. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Louis Bloom, who zooms around the city with his video camera hoping to capture footage of the biggest story he can find. The cast includes Bill Paxton as a competitor, Rene Russo as a TV station editor, and Riz Ahmed as his assistant "Rick". So how is it? The sleeper hit of the year? Or just plain disgusting? Gyllenhaal's best work? How does LA look? If you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler.
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To fuel the fire, Nightcrawler is a hell of a film. It's not often we get such subversive, sleek yet completely entertaining original work like this. The best comparison I can make is American Psycho, something along those lines in terms of the quality and the themes, where it's just as fun to watch someone doing despicable things as it is to watch them get busted. Jake Gyllenhaal is outstanding in this film, he's had quite a year between Enemy, Prisoners and now this. Nightcrawler is a love letter to Los Angeles while also a cautionary tale about how a city can suck you into its dark side. I won't defend Bloom's attitude, but I enjoyed the film.
Excerpt from Jeremy's review: "Even the film's predictability in that area could easily be read as calculated by Gilroy and the satire he so very clearly works in. It's the cycle of the dirty stepping on the clean–morally speaking–to reach greater heights, a theme Nightcrawler gives a fresh coat of paint. Creative and clever, the film is a biting look at big city, TV news, the dimly lit and dirty streets of LA becoming the best supporting performers in the film to Gyllenhaal. His performance may outshine the film when history looks back on it, but, for now, Nightcrawler is a solid crime thriller that cuts just a little bit deeper than its counterparts."
So what did you think of Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler? Best of the year, or grisly waste of time?
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