Rapid Review: Nightcrawler (2014)

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“What if my problem wasn’t that I don’t understand people but that I don’t like them?”
– Lou Bloom

SYNOPSIS: NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, 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 Rene Russo as 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. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8I was so stoked about finally getting to see this. I have been itching for it and reading spans of rave reviews, and I think Jake Gyllenhaal is awesome and can certainly carry a film, so Nightcrawler was totally bound to be my scene. I thought it was a really good character study. Lou Bloom was one seriously reprehensible toolbag, and had absolutely no endearing qualities to him. The story progresses slowly, but knows exactly where it is going, so every scene has a part to play in what is to happen, as well as his character development. Gyllenhaal’s performance was absolutely amazing, and he (scarily) made Lou Bloom his own. The rest of the supporting cast was great, they all brought their parts to the table and drew you in. As I said, this is a slow burn that catches, though you sort of still expect some more action and what not to come up later on. The camera work was really good, and the pacing was decent, too. Nightcrawler looked lovely, and kept you wondering all the way through. It is like you know what he is bound to start doing, because morals don’t mean much to him, yet it is still a thrill to see how Lou starts changing the game. I liked Rick’s character, and while I wish he got more screen time, I knew that this movie was Gyllenhaal’s show. He plays an awful character and carries the movie, and you listen to him, though you don’t necessarily side with him or agree with him – his portrayal rivets you and disgusts you. Listening to his frame of mind, either with his insane discussions with himself or his creepy discussions with those around him give you a look into a real polluted and different mind – a mind with no qualms. Nightcrawler certainly has a lot going for it, and it is an interesting movie to check out, no doubt.

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28 thoughts on “Rapid Review: Nightcrawler (2014)

  1. Keith says:

    I think thats a good score. I really liked this movie although maybe not as much as many (in my recent Best of 2014 post it was around #17 or 18). That said Gyllenhaal is really good.

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    • Zoë says:

      I agree with you there. I don’t think it factors into my top ten of 2014, but it was a solid flick and Gyllenhaal was amazing. It just didn’t wow me the same as it did others.

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  2. theipc says:

    My Dear IJB,

    I know everyone is loving on this movie but this just doesn’t look like something I will like (and not just because everyone is loving on it). It just doesn’t look like my type of movie. Maybe I’ll watch when it’s out for free.

    Love,

    PSC

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  3. Satua says:

    Oh, I’m going to see this tomorrow! Can’t wait. It already left cinemas here but for some reason (maybe awards attention) came back and I’m so glad it did. My friend told me that Gyllenhaal’s character is one of the creepiest ever.

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  4. Mark Walker says:

    Totally agree Zoe. I expected to really love this movie instead of just really liking it, you know.? I think it has been slightly overhyped. No questioning thr performances of Gyllenhall or even Riz Ahmed. They were brilliant.

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  5. caragale says:

    Excellent work! I think I might see this eventually, and I keep reading all of these positive things about it, but…I dunno. I keep thinking it won’t be my thing for some reason. We shall see, I suppose. Glad you liked it!!

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    • Zoë says:

      Thank you. Yeah, I enjoyed it, it’s a really good character study and it is put together very well, I just wanted to love it but didn’t, but cannot deny the positive aspects to it, and I think Gyllenhaal carried this movie phenomenally!

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