Nightcrawler just showed up on Netflix yesterday so I jumped at the chance to see it—I really like the types of films that Jake Gyllenhaal chooses. Enemy, Prisoners and Zodiac are just a few of the creepy movies that he enjoys being a part of. Gyllenhaal is a big part of the movie Nightcrawler—a film about a guy who chases down death and injury in Los Angeles, sneaking around filming people at their worst and then selling it to the news channels.
If you like crime movies, or thrillers, then this one is a slam dunk. Gyllenhaal plays the role of Lou Bloom, a weird combination of really ambitious and hardworking guy who also just happens to be antisocial, awkward and a complete psychopath. Or sociopath. Anyway, he shows zero empathy and it is chilling to watch.
The American Film Institute named Nightcrawler one of the ten best films of 2014, and you won't get any argument from me. I think Gyllenhaal is a great actor. He is riveting to watch.
One of the things that annoys me about movies is often they will insert a love story in there somewhere—as if women won't see the movie unless there is some chance that the protagonist will smooch someone by the halfway mark. Well, there is a woman "love interest" in this film, but it is definitely not the usual romance arc of a story. I don't want to give anything away, but let's just say that the relationship that Lou Bloom is seeking out seems to perfectly fit with his original personality.
I really enjoyed this film and recommend Jake Gyllenhaal's other creepy movies like Prisoners, End of Watch and Zodiac as well.