Written and directed by Dan Gilroy.
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed & Bill Paxton
Nightcrawler marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy. It is an unflinching look at the underbelly of modern-day news reporting where ratings dictate that sensational fear-mongering trumps journalistic integrity.
Thrown into the middle of Los Angeles’ news reporting industry is opportunistic lowlife Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal), who at the beginning of the film is shown stealing from a construction site and resorting to a life of petty larceny to make ends meet.
By chance, he discovers that there is a business opportunity in filming grisly accident and crime scenes for news stations and his journey begins. Gyllenhaal plays Bloom brilliantly as an amoral psychopath – he admits to not liking people to his assistant Rick (Ahmed) – who has absolutely no scruples when it comes to furthering his own interests.
Along the way he comes across a competitor (Paxton) and a collaborator (Russo), who are both deeply impacted by Bloom’s unscrupulous actions with the worst conclusion reserved for the hapless Rick. Through it all, Gyllenhaal plays Bloom with a dangerously emotionless intensity, his dead eyes reflecting a steely determination to achieve his goals at all costs.
A tour de force performance from Gyllenhaal engages from start to finish with first time director Gilroy making an impressive debut as well. One of the movies of the year.
Nightcrawler is playing at the cinemas.