- Directed by: Dan Gilroy
- With:Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton
- 117 Minutes
“Nightcrawler was a defying experience that I enjoyed so badly I couldn’t help but smile when it was all over… A thrilling journey through the world of journalism that shows how the city shines brightest at night…”
Nightcrawler is one hell of a movie and I can’t find the right words to express how much I enjoyed it… The arrogance, the cruelness and the style of Louis Cooper define one of the most intriguing movies I’ve seen this year. By one side, we have a weird guy who’s unemployed and who suddenly finds a way to win money by becoming a crime journalist fascinated with the evilness surrounding each crime scene and by the other we have a look on the ethics of journalism which gives us a clear picture of how things might work just to maximize ratings. The two situations match perfectly and with Jake Gyllenhaal added to the picture there’s no way for you to feel indifferent about this movie.
Unemployed and without any means to earn some money, Louis Cooper (Jake Gyllenhaal) finds lady luck in a crash when he notices a guy filming the incident with the objective to sell the news to any interested TV network. Jake decides to learn some things about the world of journalism and he decides to buy a camera in order to start his first business. His first attempts weren’t going that well but I must say I laughed really hard with his effort… Because, let’s face it, filming conversations between policeman and drivers is not quality material to sell. After a couple more attempts, Louis finds again lady luck when he captures a great image of a victim of a crash, which he decides to sell to one local network and that’s when he meets the woman who is going to change his life forever… Nina. As a TV-news veteran, she sees lots of potential in Louis’ work and decides to take advantage of that fact to increase the ratings with shocking news. However, what would seem like the beginning of another partnership between a TV network and a freelancer ends up being the revelation of a passion for crime and investigation that will change Louis behavior forever.
The whole movie is centered in Gyllenhaal’s performance, which is great since he has done an amazing job with a really complex character. There’s no happiness or sadness in his eyes… It’s like we’re watching a senseless human being taking advantage of other people’s misfortunes to reach his goals. Watch Nightcrawler it’s like witnessing the rise of a sociopath who sees no rules and no limits for his new job. Capable of preforming crazy and not ethic acts, Louis wants to be in control of every single situation which places him in a messy place since a freelancer has to deal with lots of competition that he has no regrets to take down. However when the business starts going really well, it’s interesting to see the way Louis deals with the difficulties… He starts changing crime scenes to obtain the best possible footage and I becomes obsessed with the idea of creating the best possible news by following tips he searched online. With the help of his sidekick who is probably the most ingenious person I’ve ever seen, Louis travels through the world of crime and starts winning lots of money until one night, he arrives before the cops to a house where a triple murder happened and by breaking in he is able to film everything, from the criminals to the victims. From this point, Nightcrawler starts focusing more on the investigation instead of giving attention to Louis’ journalistic skills. With the help of Nina, Louis almost achieves the top of the world and it’s funny to see his path from the bottom to the top. Nina and Louis are basically only care about ratings and great news and are constantly forgetting the ethics surrounding the subjects, so they are an interesting combination that contributes positively to the story.
Gyllenhaal’s performance is amazing in every sense of the word and he was capable to make Nightcrawler look like a one man show. The way he represents a sociopath who looks at no means to achieve his goals is almost unbelievable. His character is constantly intriguing and it’s always ready to surprise the viewer with another shocking thing. As for the rest of the cast, they all did good jobs… Rene Russo as Nina was ruthless woman who simply wanted to increase the ratings, without caring about the ethics and people’s thoughts. For her, if it was legal to broadcast the footages, everything was fine. With these two characters, the movie got me so badly… My eyes were stuck on the screen and I couldn’t help but notice the ridiculousness of all the things that were happening there. The way their deals were made, the lack of feelings and the clear interest Louis had for crime made me enjoy everything even more than I was expecting. Nightcrawler is amazing from the beginning to the end, with a very characteristic style and pace that is constantly changing which kind of makes everything look a bit more dynamic.
For the fans of dark stories and for those who like intriguing thrillers, Nightcrawler is innovative and powerful. A movie that could easily become a great Halloween pick for the way the story evolves, from a sad beginning to a twisted ending, with a great soundtrack and an amazing performance by Jake Gyllenhaal (damn this was really a one-man show). Surprising, effective and dark, Nightcrawler is an interesting movie that represents in its own way and style, the world of journalism nowadays. Crazy, addictive and capable of impress its viewers, Nightcrawler deserves to be seen.
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