Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy – 2014) B

Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is an unlikable, desperate, sociopathic and intelligent slimeball of a man. Yet, it’s tough not to keep on watching him like one of those wrecks he films. He is an out of work loner who finds his calling in chasing car wrecks, crimes and mayhem in L.A. getting them on camera and selling them to the nightly news who is ever more desperate for more and more blood. The strength of this movie is in Gyllenhaal’s performance. He teeters on the verge of insanity while clearly being a very smart person. He manipulates those around him and soon starts manipulating the news he films. Good for Bloom, really bad for those involved.

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