14A) Nightcrawler (TIFF 2014)
Open Road Films.
Running Time: 117 Minutes.
4 stars out of 4.
In Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Louis Bloom, a man desperate for work, who gets involved in the world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles. Director Dan Gilroy's film premiered at this years Toronto International Film Festival as a Special Presentation, and I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the film with a Q&A with the directer following the film. Nightcrawler is a fast paced, original, extremely well acted and executed, and satisfying thriller, that will become a cult classic, because of its originality, sophistication, humour, and interesting look at the world of crime journalism.
As Louis Bloom, Jake Gyllenhaal gives the performance of his career. Not only does he command the screen and steal every scene he is in, but he becomes Louis Bloom, and you instantly forget you are watching a performance, he is that good. He adds depth, humour, and casual subtalties to Louis that a lesser actor would not have been able to do, I attribute the success of the film to Gyllenhaal's performance, because he is with you throughout every scene, and if you do not buy the performance, then you will not buy the character, nor the story. Rene Russo is also very good in a supporting role as Nina, a producer of a television news program, her and Gyllenhaal have nice chemistry.
This is a film that continued to surprise me, going in I had only seen the teaser trailer, and avoided seeing any other clips or trailers, and I recommend you do the same, as most o the trailers spoil the events leading up to the third act. Nightcrawler is tightly scripted, and well executed. Everything in this film just works, from James Newton Howard's score, to the editing, and especially the cinematography, Dan Gilroy has truly written and directed something special.
Nightcrawler is a somewhat flawless film, I have nothing to complain about, its been months since I first saw this film, and I have not stopped thinking about it. This is a film that reminds me why I go to the movies, this is the movie experience of the year, and this is probably the best film of the year.