Monday, November 3, 2014

Nightcrawler (2014)

Director: Dan Gilroy. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed. 117 min. Rated R. Crime/Thriller.

I don't know if it was the movie's annoying trailer (which spoiled more than three quarters of the film), or the notion of media "creating" negative news to attract viewers, already dramatized on film as far back as the Bond flick Tomorrow Never Dies, that significantly smothered the chances of enjoying this tightly-directed movie. Still, even in lieu of his "shattering-your-image-in-the-mirror" cliche, Jake Gyllenhaal's turn as the creepy manipulative video-reporter crawls under your skin, and creates one of the most memorable movie psychos. If you lose faith in humanity as a result of watching this film, it's credited to Gyllenhaal.

PS: End of Watch, Prisoners, Enemy, and now Nightcrawler. Jake Gyllenhaal is on fire.

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