This week, I finally got a chance to see Nightcrawler (directed by Dan Gilroy and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed and Bill Paxton)
The film revolves around Louis Bloom (Gyllenhaal), who is desperate for a job. He stumbles upon a crime scene being filmed by a camera crew for a local news studio. He takes an interest in this and discovers he is very good at it, perhaps too good.
We see the transformation of his character as he becomes compelled to get to every crime scene first, often racing against rival cameraman Joe, played by Paxton. The competition serves as motivation for him to better himself and he decides to enlist an apprentice named Rick, played by Ahmed , who also see’s a transformation within himself. As he goes from being pretty useless to skilled GPS co-ordinator for Bloom as he directs him as to where they need to go.
The film gives a fair representation on how the news works in terms of how they get the shots that they do, they pull no punches when trying to get the best angle and neither does the film. We often see Bloom perform morally questionable actions while he’s at work but what the film does so well is in some ways it manages to justify his actions. Jake Gyllenhaal gives one of his greatest performances of his acting career in this movie, so much so that you forget the actor and see the person. Secondly the dialogue is brilliant. There are so many moments that you can’t pull away from as they have you hooked until the conversation is over, it helps create tense moments with in the film. Lewis Bloom is a character who is able to appear normal in public but then you see his multiple layers contained under the surface it’s scary to see how different he can be.
Overall this film is one of the best I have seen all year and I’m glad I got a chance to see it, I would definitely recommend it for all movie viewers who enjoy a good story, acting and smart dialogue. The ending is tense and will have you wanting more.