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.
A black ops super soldier seeks payback after she is betrayed and set up during a mission.
The strongest thing about this film? The cast members attached to it. Aside from relative unknown Gina Carano, you’ve got some undeniably strong actors thrown into the mix. It’s a shame then that even with all of their amazing pedigree the film, for me, was just ok. Nothing more. Though happily, nothing less.
The film’s being touted as the female Bourne. Couldn’t be further from the truth. Aside from the minor plot detail of someone getting shafted by a governing body.
My main problems with the film were that it lacked any real suspense or tension. The fight and action sequences were brilliantly choreographed and filmed. There was Steven Soderbergh’s styling splashed all over it. But it just lacked anything to make me really care about any of the characters.
It’s a fairly short film and through it you’re zipped from one location to another and from one situation to another. Gina Carano’s actually a pretty good lead. She wasn’t one of the contributing factors that let the film down for me. She was convincing in the talky bits and, not surprisingly, in the fight sequences. Which looked like they really hurt. There’s no sound effects here, just the brutal sound of one man’s face getting pummelled by a very strong woman.
Not a bad film by any stretch, just wished it was less style and more substance. Or possibly keep the style and up the substance.
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