Director: Dan Gilroy
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton
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 cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling, where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
This movie was better than I thought it would be. The previews were not that good, and they were showing them all the time. That normally makes for a bad movie. It seems that they are desperate for people to watch the movie at any cost. The movie moves at two speeds, fast and slow. There are no in between modes in this movie at all.
It was an interesting story. It was something that has not been done that much. It was a surprise to see a more original story coming out of Hollywood. It just needed a little touch here and there to make the movie even better.
This is one of the best performances that I have seen from Jake Gyllenhaal. He is not the best actor by far, but he was really good in this movie. You really start to believe that he is a psychopath. He has that greasy sleazy look down for this movie. He really looks like a drug addict in the movie. Bill Paxton was just not in the movie enough. I wanted more of a conflict between the two "reporters". Rene Russo was fine in the movie. I think anyone could have played the part though.
This was actually a pretty good movie, but it is not one that I would watch again. It was well worth the first time. It makes you a little nervous watching the movie to see what is going on. Give it a chance. Enjoy.
Nightcrawler (2014) Trailer