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Friday, November 21, 2014

Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy)

Lou Bloom is a driven young man desperate for work, 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, Lou muscles into the dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into money-making machines. Aided by Nina, a veteran of TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Kevin Rahm, Ann Cusack, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed

My thoughts on this film: Jake Gyllenhaal plays sociopath Louis Bloom who is down on his luck and looking for a job, something suited for his 'talents'. He stops at the scene of an accident and sees a van and a cameraman filming. Louis begins to question the man on everything he does, scavenging for little bits of information because Louis has now found his new career and knows that just doing the job is not enough, he has to know it inside out to get ahead, and to hell with whoever gets in his way...
Louis Bloom is a robotic caricature of a human being, but unfortunately a lot of people in the business are similar to the man depicted here, or maybe even worse. There is, obviously, something missing upstairs with Louis Bloom, you just have to hear him speak and see the way he dresses, as well as his mannerisms and actions. Yet there are a lot of people in this business who, although they look 'normal', are similar to Bloom. They do not care who they step on. Jake Gyllenhaal's portrait of the emotionless Bloom is definitely worthy of an Oscar.
Overall, this is a nauseating, yet fun, thriller that you will be thinking about for quite a while!

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