Nightcrawler is a mystery when it first starts out. You have no idea what you’re getting into with this suspenseful crime thriller set in the backdrop of L.A. Crime Journalism finally sees a voice in the most eerie way possible with Jake Gyllenhaal staring in this eerie night-time thriller.
Dan Gilroy, who penned the screenplay for the Bourne Legacy, has done an exceptional job translating the concept for the movies. Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is shown as this awkward and timid guy at first, but slowly things become a little sociopathic when we see the lengths he goes to in order to get something as simple as a watch and a sale. He is seen as an almost creepy yet charming personality with a salesman attitude, and the acting here is exceptionally built by Gyllenhaal on his character. The backdrop of L.A. at the nighttime is exceptional, something we have not seen since Ryan Gosling’s Drive – with Mulholland Drive in Hollywood Hills being covered all the way to the Ocean Front Walk right here in Venice Beach, California. The extreme tension is built as you see how much ambition is in Bloom as he tries to work his way up in the crime journalism industry not just as a significant first-reporter on the scene, but someone willing to go out of his way to make an interesting story for his lead newscaster editor who trusts him. Their relationship is complex, and by the end of it all – seems vividly real and insane.
Nightcrawler really and truly is an amazing film in terms of everything from its storyline to even the cinematography and location planning. The film has symbolism in the most unlikeliest of places, and there is something eerie that one cannot forget about Nightcrawler even after the credits roll.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars