Movie Review: Nightcrawler

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I finally got got around to watching Nightcrawler on Netflix and was surprised by how good this film was. The movie revolves around Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), a desperate man who, after getting caught stealing, turns to the world of freelance filming. He gets a camera and begins filming horrific scenes around the city of Los Angeles and selling the clips to a local TV station. But his insatiable appetite for more leads to him breaking the law and going further into the darkness.

Director Dan Gilroy delivers a dark and gritty film that is highly believable. The movie moves along at a nice pace and puts the viewer in the middle of the streets of Los Angeles. Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo lead a cast that does their jobs perfectly. Gyllenhaal, a versatile actor, delivers a great performance as a man who will go to any length to be recognized. The character doesn’t border on insanity. He actually jumps further into insanity as the film progresses. Russo plays the lead at the TV station and is great at showing how morals are thrown out of the window when network ratings are on the line.

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I give everyone involved with this film praise. I thought it was extremely well made and effective. I heard a little about Nightcrawler when it was released in 2014, but then nothing after it was released. I’m not sure if it was a bomb or not, but in my eyes it was a good movie with some great performances.

Daryl Karpinski Jr.

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