I will admit when I first saw the trailer for this movie, I did not know what to expect. It did spark my interest, but not nearly enough to actually want to spend money to watch it. However, I kept hearing really good things about the movie from people I know, so I decided I must see this movie, and on top of that; Why not write a review about it?
Going into the movie I had high hopes for it, Jake Gyllenhaal is a wonderful actor with some very critically acclaimed movies in his past, but he also has some not so good movies as well; and this one seems to be a mix between the two in my humble opinion. I went to see this at a theatre that had 4K ability, so the cinematography was spectacular, and gave the movie an overall dark overtone which I very much enjoyed. The story was surprisingly good, albeit a bit slow to develop, with an odd climax at the end. If you’re looking for an action packed movie, like the trailer tends to make you think, you are sadly mistaken with a majority of the action happening in the last 20 to 25 minutes, and then it was kinda lacking overall.
The story is rather simplistic, yet very well written with Jake Gyllenhaals character being almost likeable, yet very much a dark, self-centered personality. He plays Louis Bloom, or Lou, an unemployed but driven man desperate for work who has resorted to stealing different scrap metals and selling them for money, when one night he comes across Bill Paxton’s character who is a “nightcrawler” or “stringer”. Nightcrawlers are a group of people who chase down, and film crime scenes to sell them to local television news stations.
Lou takes this opportunity to muscle his way into this line of work, where he then starts to blur the lines between observing and filming these events, to changing and manufacturing them to be more exciting and news worthy. Lou is helped along in this path by TV news director, Nina, played by Rene Russo, who quickly becomes a love interest for Lou; much to her dismay.
I wont go any further into the story, so as not to spoil anything for you, but I will say while this movie is very good, and I highly recommend watching it at some point in time, I would not recommend this movie if you are looking for an action packed thriller. This movie, I would classify as more of a psychological thriller, and not for everyone. Nightcrawler is the type, and style of movie you have to either really love the genre, or have nothing else to watch.
Let me say, I did like the movie, however; I found it to be boring at times, with a very slow developing but engaging story. Jake Gyllenhaal played his character superbly and deserves recognition for this. Rene Russo played her character well, and was very engaging in her supporting role.