Nightcrawler is a Must See! Masteful Performance by Jake Gyllenhaal
Filled with suspense and anticipation, Nightcrawler keeps its viewers on the edge of their seats throughout the entire movie. A unique plot along with an Oscar warranted performance from Jake Gyllenhaal make this movie a must see in anyone’s book.
Without watching any trailers about the movie, the movie starts off in a relatable fashion with Jake Gyllenhaal’s character, Louis Bloom, looking for a job. In the first ten minutes, you notice that Louis Bloom is a little socially awkward and his job searching techniques are a little unorthodox. As he is driving home one night, he notices police attempting to rescue a woman from her car, which has caught on fire. Louis Bloom pulls over to the side of the road to watch, and a news van screeches to the scene to film the rescue. This act of freelance recording intrigues, Louis and he decides to jump into the industry. He purchases a video camera, police radar, and GPS. He then sits in his car at night, waits for something newsworthy to come through the police radio, and races to the scene to capture some footage of the situation at hand.
The stars of the movie are Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed in a stellar supporting role. This is a role to remember for both these actors, and one of the best performances I’ve seen from Jake Gyllenhaal. Calling his character anti-social is an understatement. His character has no grasp of social queues or empathy. Every move that he makes is completely logistical according to what he needs to do to make money and grow his business. Riz Ahmed plays a more timid character desperate to impress Louis Bloom in his first “real-job.” These two characters play off of each other spectacularly, and Jake Gyllenhaal’s psychopathic demeanor kept my eyes glues to the movie screen.
With a great plot and extraordinary acting, this movie is a no-brainer. 5/5 Stars