Media satire meets deliciously black comedy – Nightcrawler is an absolute triumph!
Perfectly melding its backdrop of the glitz of the sunset strip with a searing lead performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler is a thriller that reveals in the nasty underbelly of 21st century media and our burning nature to reach the top.
Upon the first introduction to Louis ‘Lou’ Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) a shiver sprints down your vertebra.
Combining the morals of Jordan Belfort and using a social skills manual which could easily have been penned by Anchorman’s Brick Tamland, it’s clear this ‘persistent high goal setter’ will stop at nothing to succeed.
We follow Bloom as he enters the murky world of ‘Nightcrawling’ roaming the LA streets shooting breaking news footage for the highest bidding network.
“If it bleeds, it leads” is the mantra by which this dangerous loner learns his craft.
As the drama unfolds, Lou eases into his new career learning, improving and looking to destroy his competition.
In the role, Gyllenhaal is mesmerising delivering one of the year’s finest performances.
From each dead-eyed stare, to every flicker of suppressed violence, right through to Bloom’s painfully awkward humour every emotion is delicately etched on to his character’s face.
Obvious psychopathy comparisons are to be made but Gilroy’s creation stands up against Brett Easton Ellis’ Yuppie counterpart.
Despite Gyllenhaal sharing Christian Bale’s slicked back locks and gaunt features, Bloom is the reverse of American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman – He is a grubbier, more DIY orientated operator though none less terrifying.
There are impressive turns too from put upon assistant Riz Ahmed and Rene Russo, a veteran news editor who shares Louis’ bloodthirsty view of how TV news should run.
In its portrayal of the voyeuristic nature of today’s media, Nightcrawler feels like incredible vital viewing.
With the rise of citizen journalism and an increased desire for grizzly minute-by-minute details, Gilroy has brilliantly created his own Frankenstein’s monster in Bloom, who gives his audience exactly what they desire.
He is a Antihero perfectly equated to his time and one that’s here to stay.
A dark, thrilling and incredibly striking piece with plaudits surely coming Jake Gyllenhaal’s way!