[toggle title=”Plot Synopsis”]Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of night crawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.[/toggle]
Jake Gyllenhaal is a very underrated actor who always seems to excel in darker and more psychological roles. His incredible transformation is a testament to how dedicated he is to his craft. It reminds me of the transformation that Christian Bale had for the Machinist which is an incredibly underrated film. I feel that Nightcrawler with its dark plot and indy vibe may not gain the traction the studio is hoping for but may gain a cult following much like the Machinist, Donnie Darko and other films that fall into that niche. I hope I am wrong though as the film definitely shows a lot of potential.