Thursday, October 30, 2014


Releases October 31st, 2014
1 hr 57 mins
Rated R



Dan Gilroy


Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom
Rene Russo as Nina
Riz Ahmed as Rick
Bill Paxton as Joe Loder
Ann Cusack as Linda
Kevin Rahm as Frank Kruse
Kathleen York as Jackie
Eric Lange as Cameraman
Jonny Coyne as Pawn Shop Owner
Michael Hyatt as Detective Fronteiri
Kiff VandenHeuvel as Editor

Review by Stephen M.

Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom is a riveting drama, as Jake's character does whatever it takes to succeed in his fledgling video news production company.  Louis Bloom starts off in the story as a thief trying to make a living however he can.  When he happens upon an accident and sees a video news team in action, he decides to pursue this route.

What makes Nightcrawler great is Jake Gyllenhaal who absolutely nails the role as the manipulative and cunning Louis Bloom.  Based on appearances, Louis doesn't appear threatening, nor is he.  Much more a man of words, the unassuming Louis tells people exactly what he wants and carefully explains why they will give it to him regardless if they want to or not.  It in those particular scenes such as Louis negotiating with television station manager Nina (Rene Russo) or with his intern Rick (Riz Ahmed) that captivates you with his character.

There's little to dislike in the movie.  The beginning is a bit slow as Louis transitions from his old "job" to cameraman.  Some of his conversations with Rick seemed a bit repetitive even if it is to drive home the point of Louis's controlling manipulative personality.  As intelligent as the online self-taught Louis is, parts of the movie are just unbelievable as far as what he gets away with.

Overall, I would recommend the film.  It is rare to see this type of character as the lead, a person that you admire for his abilities but yet loathe for his lack of morals.  The ability of the filmmaker to instill humor into this dark drama in the little things that Louis does is impressive.  The movie does a great job in showing how one can succeed if you put your mind to it.  It also shows how expendable interns can be.


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