Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal: Review
Original movies are a rarity these days, especially at the box office. Most movies are sequels, comic book adaptations or remake. In this world of generic film making, movies such as Nightcrawler really stand out.
The premise of the movie is simple: Jake Gyllenhaal plays an ambitious young man who currently does not have a job. He is desperate to prove himself at any field, but eventually settles on becoming a “night crawler” in Los Angeles. He starts off with a simple video camera and a broken down car, capturing footage of any robbery, natural disaster or accident that he can stumble upon.
Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of the main character is what drives this movie from decent to fantastic. He is nearly flawless as a troubled but ambitious man who has little to no regard for the lives or feelings of other people. At times the movie feels absurd, but everything makes sense when you consider the character’s personality.
Bill Paxton has a great cameo, while Rene Russo is impressive as the editor of a nightly news show.
To be honest, I took one for the North American Spine team to check this movie out and let everyone know whether it was worth the price of admission. So here’s my final say on it guys: Nightcrawler may not be a big budget film with crazy special effects, but it showcases real emotions and displays outstanding storytelling.