In Nightcrawler we’re introduced to Lou Bloom, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. A one time petty theft, he falls into a new career. That of a Nightcrawler – a cameraman who spends his nights looking for the most gruesome and grisly of murders, thefts and other crimes. It’s pretty easy to see that what Lou is so hell-bent on getting is his money shot.
Jake Gyllenhaal is creepy as fuck in this film. Lou Bloom is a creepy, single-minded man. It’s not a role I’ve seen Jake Gyllenhaal play before and he plays it very well. Lou is cold. Almost emulating what he thinks a human being should be doing or saying. Of course he believes everything he’s saying. And creepily, so do the rest of the players.
As the story unfolds, it’s clear that Lou is no longer just the passive recorder of incidents. He begins manipulating scenes to create that perfect shot. Something that slowly culminates in Lou creating his money shot. It’s not hard to join up the dots to the ending. But it doesn’t matter. There’s still a curve ball thrown at you towards the end.
Nightcrawler is a fantastic thriller. Dan Gilroy paints such a wonderfully dark Los Angeles that Lou fits right in. Coupled with one of the best scores I’ve heard from James Newton Howard in a long time, Nightcrawler becomes a thriller that’s worthy of all the credit it’s received.
I’m going to leave you with Jetta’s I’d Love to Change the World, the fantastic song featured in Nightcrawler.