Nightcrawler Lou Bloom Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton, Ann Cusack, Kevin Rahm, Kathleen York, Eric Lange, Eric Lange, Pat Harvey,  Kent Shocknek,

Nightcrawler: when he spots an opportunity to sell footage of crimes to news channels Lou Bloom goes from petty thief to media entrepreneur – and nothing’s getting in the way of his thorough business plan. First off, this is an absolutely stunning portrayal of a sociopath; somewhere between Patrick Bateman and Anton Chigurh (No Country). Gyllenhaal does intensity like few other actors, with a role that covers everything from genuinely motivational speeches to disturbingly perceptive and socially inappropriate awkward-fests. Like all of the best on-screen psychos there’s an unsettling charisma around the character that draws you in; allowing them to supply moments of admiration, and not just shocks. Los Angeles feels equally divided between the soft ethereal skies and harsh emergency & neon lights – providing the perfect setting for this equally bipolar character. More generally, the film’s beautifully shot and put together – with several very intense, heart-racing moments of genuine tension. It also serves up a thick layer of social commentary and (bleak black comedy) leaving you to judge who’s the worst – the guy filming it, the news broadcasting it, the people watching it… or you for enjoying this? Despite being overlooked at awards season I couldn’t recommend this enough; great performances, well-crafted, entertaining, shocking and thought-provoking – Nightcrawler has it all.

Score: 9/10

Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton, Ann Cusack, Kevin Rahm, Kathleen York, Eric Lange, Eric Lange, Pat Harvey,  Kent Shocknek, Nightcrawler Newsroom Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton, Ann Cusack, Kevin Rahm, Kathleen York, Eric Lange, Eric Lange, Pat Harvey,  Kent Shocknek,

  1. Jaina said:

    Totally agree – almost flawless film with a perfect performance from Jake. Great commentary on the media these days as well, without feeling too preachy. Excellent film.


    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      YES! Would love to see more films like this. And JAKE! It’s like he can’t put a foot wrong at the moment. I think Lou Bloom will – over time – become a benchmark for the on-screen psycho. Genuinely unsettling.


  2. The film is on an exciting concept, and the best part is that it somewhere relates to real life. Such realistic topics have that ability to take thrillers to the next level. I have watched “Nightcrawler”, Jake has played his role really well, and his character in the film is strong, never vanishes for a moment. No doubt that he is a good versatile performer, but I think real life roles suites him more. Screenplay is good and engaging, especially in the beginning. Also, Riz’s performance is fair, according to the demand. Overall, the movie involves me till the end and I enjoyed it. It is little more that I have expected. As from audience point of view, your rating is fair.


    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Some good points there. I think the surprise is that Lou Bloom is a pretty horrible guy at the end of the day, yet the film still pulls you in. He’s made to be fascinating, and you want to find out what his fate is etc. Very hard to make you care about someone this terrible – but great job from the Director & Screenplay.


  3. the film is really thought provoking just as what the review said, the character lou Bloom played by jake Gyllehaal really cons his way into being a video camera man reporter, using every trick in his book of rules, and even going to great lengths to commit murder to get the news, you’re inclined to feel sorry for lou Bloom at the first part of the movie, but you eventually hate him during the course of event’s near to the End. I hope there’s a possible sequel to this ‘Nightcrawler’ movie.


    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      It’s interesting that despite how low he sinks, you’re interested to see what happens to him. I don’t think that many actors could have done that role justice but JG seems to be on a role just now!


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