Plot: Lou Bloom is a driven young man who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, he muscles into the dangerous realm of night crawling.
Review: Nightcrawler can arguably be the best movie of 2014. In my opinion, Whiplash was number 1, but at a close 2nd, i’d put Nightcrawler. Jake Gyllenhaal has been on a roll lately. In 2013, he starred in Prisoners and Enemy – two very great movies. This year, he stars in what could be his best role to date. I don’t think nobody else could have played the role of Louis Bloom any better.
The movie revolves around the character Louis Bloom(Gyllenhaal). We start off by seeing the character ripping copper wire to be sold to a construction company. When a guard stops him, he brutally assaults him and even takes his watch. The worst thing is that this isn’t even the worst we see of Bloom. From there, he gets interested in filming accidents/murders on camera and starts selling the footage to the evening news team led by Nina(Rene Russo). Bloom becomes a nightcrawler. He even hires an assistant(played by Riz Ahmed) to help him drive around the city looking for footage to film. Ahmed plays well off of Gyllenhaal’s performance. But the man who steals the show is none other than Jake Gyllenhaal.
Louis Bloom might be the most interesting character of 2014. He is a sociopath and a loner and seems somewhat twisted. All he cares about is getting the footage that gets him paid and nothing else. Yet, the way Gyllenhaal portrays him, Bloom seems likable. That’s how good of an actor Gyllenhaal is. He can make a character that is so dark and twisted seem harmless to others. If he doesn’t even get at least a nomination at the upcoming Academy Awards, that will be a robbery.
The film is directed by Dan Gilroy and happens to be directorial debut- and what a home run he hits. The dark setting of Los Angeles at night seems like a true nightmare. Mixed in with Gyllenhaal’s eyes and body transformation(he lost 20 pounds), this could very well be a smart horror movie. I don’t think iv ever been more fascinated by the news in my life. It kind of makes you wonder if there are really nightcrawlers like that in real life. We can only expect wonders from director Dan Gilroy after this movie.
If you haven’t seen Nightcrawler, you are truly missing out on a masterpiece. It should be hitting DVD in February, so you will be able to watch it at home very soon. It is a movie that you will not forget and a movie that you will want to watch over and over again! I give it a 10/10!