“Nightcrawler” is a 2014 film that was directed by Dan Gilory. It starred Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, and Bill Paxton. The movie is about a thief that decides that he likes filming crime scenes and will make more money from it. He sells his footage to a local TV station. That’s “Nightcrawler,” a movie about an unhinged guy that finds that he’s not the only one who is obsessed with the perfect shot. Jack Gyllenhaal’s mannerism is like watching Anthony Perkins on screen and that’s a good thing for the role he was in. His character Lou Bloom is manipulative, weird, kind of sad, and just someone that you might think twice about talking too. You can see that this guy is kind of unhinged. Rene Russo’s character is the Morning News TV director and she’s the one that wants the blood and gore in her news station. Why? Because more people will watch it.
That movie makes the best point out there, the news is more violent than any video game or horror movie. Take the local news, for an hour and a half show, it deals with murders, rapes, kidnaps, robberies, and so on. That’s what this movie is about, it’s about our media’s obsession with seeing the worst and most on TV. Nina (Russo’s character) knows that she can get more viewers if the news is gruesome. She will air those gunshot victims. Bloom is the man for her, he’s callous and will do anything to get that perfect shot. It’ll make you think twice watching your local news and wondering about the video footage you see. Gyllenhaal gives this performance that is beyond career resurgence actually so does Rene Russo. Both of them are these two characters that one seems desensitized and the other just seems like he was born so strange. You have Riz Ahmed’s character that is stuck in this twisted job with Bloom and really get’s nothing out of it.
There are so many notable scenes in the movie, which there is plenty to make you cringe. It’s filming style is what makes the movie too, not just the grand performances. Dan Gilory has a knack at making the viewer feel they are there and watching. It’s a somewhat twisted voyeurism kind of movie. The crime footage alone and Gyllenhaal’s character is like watching a docudrama of some real crazed video journalist out there. “Nightcrawler” is a dark film that deals with a dark subject, which would be the news. Lou Bloom is a character that you won’t be forgetting about. He doesn’t belong anywhere. When he finds his niche though, it’s like a brilliant mind just opened up. He will do anything to be the best and he will use anyone. It’s just like Nina, who will do anything to have that best TV news station.
How far will you go to get that best news story? Is the question that is asked, but what else is asked is how far will you work with Bloom to get that news story? He’s the guy that will give you the best story even if he has to make it that way. Though he’s not the only one, Bill Paxton’s character sees it has just a job and how can he make more money too? So overall “Nightcrawler” is a dark masterpiece that just shows how the media can really be at times. Just ask Lou Bloom!