Nightcrawler is the story of a desperate man, Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), trying to manipulate his way to respectability and success in the world of crime journalism.
Set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Like an owl, Louis Bloom scavenges during the night. The film opens with him ruthlessly mugging a security guard, while stealing metal scrap. He is a sociopath, who has the spunk and desire to achieve something greater.
During one of his midnight missions, while he is driving around, he witnesses an accident on the highway. A closer look leads him to a group of freelance camera crew filming the crash. When he crosses paths with Joe (Bill Paxton), he realizes that he too could try his hand in filming newsworthy events.
So after trading some stolen items at a pawn shop for a video camera, and studying about the media over the internet, he begins work. He makes his way to any crime scene, fire or accident and tries to capture the incident close and up front, hoping that the footage of the untoward happening will fetch him some remuneration.
Nightcrawler really takes a terrific turn for the unexpected when Louis Bloom finds himself at crime sites before the police has shown up.
Writer-director Dan Gilroy raises important questions about professional ethics and basic human decency even as the behavior of our utterly amoral but ruthlessly driven anti-hero becomes increasingly twisted and unforgivable. It is to Jake Gyllenhaal’s credit that Louis Bloom remains weirdly magnetic even when he’s plumbing the lowest depths of depravity.
Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance in Nightcrawler had a huge impact even hours after you’ve watched the film. Literally transforming himself physically to look bug-eyed, pale, and wiry thin Jake Gyllenhaal becomes Louis Bloom, an awkward but ambitious drifter with no moral compass to speak of.
Riz Ahmed as a young homeless man who becomes Louis Bloom’s intern and Bill Paxton as a rival too leave you with an impressive performance.
All in all, Nightcrawler is worth a watch.
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