Nightcrawler (15)

Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) isn’t like other people. He’s a sociopath. The only feeling he understands is anger.

Driven by desperation Lou muscles in to the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling.

Not willing to tolerate competition he begins to tamper with crime scenes to make them more graphic before filming. For him the line between observer and participant was never there so he sees no fault in actions.

For him each police siren that wails equals a possible windfall. Victims are simply collateral and are easy converted into dollars and cents.

Aided by Nina (Rene Russo), a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. He evens takes on an unpaid intern named Rick (Riz Ahmed) to help him with his merciless endeavour to become L.A’s most notorious crime videographer.

In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, Lou becomes the star of his own story. What unfolds is as disturbing as the nightcrawler himself.

Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller that exposes the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. It isn’t an easy watch, in fact from the onset you’re going to want to walk out, but don’t.

It’s a visceral depiction of the entertainment industry and the odds are that it won’t sit right with you. But that’s because you’re a good person with a conscience and Lou is anything but. All Director Dan Gilroy is doing is shining a spotlight on a subject you’d rather not think about, because that’s someone else’s concern not yours. The result is a disturbing insight into the reality behind the glossy veneer of ‘entertainment’.

Nightcrawler is out in the UK on October 31st.

By Ruth Walker
★★★★☆

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