November 11, 2014

Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo in NIGHTCRAWLER.

Directed by: Dan Gilroy

Written by: Dan Gilroy

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

Rating: R

Running Time: 117 minutes

Jake Gyllenhaal is mesmerizing as Louis Bloom, a capitalistic chameleon sociopath who works as a freelancing overnight videographer in Los Angeles, capturing graphic news stories (“if it bleeds it leads”) for the local news. Dan Gilroy, the film’s writer and director, smartly keeps his camera focused on Gyllenhaal, allowing the audience to be charmed by Bloom’s sales pitch and at the same time horrified by his actions. Rene Russo, a graveyard News Director, working at the lowest rated LA television news station, seems to be just as transfixed by Bloom as we are. NIGHTCRAWLER is a very good film, but Gyllenhaal makes it great!

Grade: A

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