This is his design.


DIRECTED BY: Dan Gilroy
WRITTEN BY: Dan Gilroy
STARRING: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed & Bill Paxton

SYNOPSIS: Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), a socially awkward sociopath, muscles his way into the cutthroat high-speed world of L.A. nightcrawling crime journalism. As the stories pile up, Lou blurs the line between watcher and participant, becoming the star of his own story.


FULL REVIEW: CONTAINS SPOILERS


Bits I Loved

  • Gilroy‘s directorial debut was great, looked like a seasoned veteran. Took his idea and created a literal ‘on the edge of your seat’ thriller.
  • The premise was very intriguing, allowing the audience to dive into a profession and lifestyle unknown to most.
  • The soundtrack was incredibly strong in setting the tone of the film. It was a mix of inquisitive meets frightening.
  • The script was very well written, particularly the dialogue from Lou’s socially awkward intellect to Rick’s realistic everyman language.
  • The characters were phenomenal, particularly Lou Bloom. As the movie progressed he became more and more sociopathic, delivering bone-chilling dialogue and bringing an eerie atmosphere to the character. Definitely a career-best performance by Jake Gyllenhaal.

Bits I Hated

  • The ending felt rather anti-climactic. With the twists and tension of the final case, and Lou’s inability to keep himself out of the fray, it seemed logical to end the film with Lou shot or arrested. However, his higher intellect suggests that he may have been one step ahead the entire time, which is likely the reason that neither of these endings occurred.

Review

Nightcrawler is a chillingly dark thriller focused on the worst aspects of broadcast media. It is a story which grabs you with its sheer force of character, never letting go as tensions rise. Dan Gilroy is able to create a visually dark film out of his equally frightening script, filled with intelligent dialogue and dynamic characters. Jake Gyllenhaal gives his career-best performance as Lou Bloom, a socially awkward loner and sociopath. An instantly iconic anti-hero, Lou Bloom brings a new level of creepy with Gyllenhaal‘s delivery, mannerisms and bone-chilling smile.

The only disappointing part of this film was the climax, which was rather lacklustre after how intense the stakes were leading up to it. With how everything went it was expected that Lou may suffer the consequences of him getting a little too close to the action, but instead he somehow manages to get away. However, it seems that this ending makes more and more sense when the intelligence of Lou Bloom is examined. He always seemed to be a few steps ahead of everyone. This is really the only way I could see him surviving through everything that he did.

Nightcrawler is a dark, thought-provoking drama that is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea. The tension is built beautifully through the film’s soundtrack, dialogue and characters, particularly Lou Bloom who is an instant classic anti-hero that falls into the ranks of Norman Bates and Verbal Kint. Although the film’s ending was anti-climactic, the overall story is a psychological thrill ride worth going to see. If it bleeds, it leads and Lou Bloom will always find a way to get the story first, even if it means twisting it to fulfil his needs. This is his design.


Oscar Nominations?

  • Best Picture (Doubtful)
  • Best Actor – Jake Gyllenhaal (Darkhorse)
  • Best Cinematography (Darkhorse)
  • Best Original Score (Darkhorse)
  • Best Original Screenplay (Darkhorse) (SNUB)

Verdict

1 = Fair 2 = Good 3 = Very Good 4 = Excellent

★★★★ – Premise

★★★★ – Story

★★★★ – Characters

★★★★ – Visual Effects

★★★★ – Dialogue

★★★☆ – Visuals

★★★★ – Soundtrack


★★★★★★★★★★  10/10 – Recommend


What did you think of Nightcrawler? Let me know in the comments!

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