Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this Academy Award-nominated satirical thriller written and directed by Dan Gilroy. Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a desperate man living in Los Angeles who resorts to theft in order to support himself. One night Lou chances upon a terrible traffic accident while on his way home and meets freelance reporter Chris (Bill Paxton), who sells his video footage to local news stations. Seeing a chance to make it rich, Lou then trades in an expensive bike for a police scanner and a video recorder and begins hunting down the city's crime scenes as they happen. Hiring Rick (Riz Ahmed), a homeless man, as his assistant, Lou takes a journey into LA's crime-ridden underbelly searching for footage to sell to Nina (Rene Russo), a particularly twisted and ratings-driven news producer...
Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region Free Blu-ray player in order to play Down on his luck Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) stumbles upon the underground world of LA freelance crime journalism a quick way to make cash As his new business flourishes his desire for success leads him to make questionable moral decisions in order to stay ahead of the game and always be the first of the scene
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Jake Gyllenhaal puts in an excellent performance as gaunt, awkward grifter; Louis Bloom, in screenwriter Dan Gilroy's directorial debut; Nightcrawler. Passive-aggressive, down-on-his-luck chancer, Bloom, stumbles into the dark world of TV news: a stringer that turns up at crime scenes; films them and sells his footage to whomsoever will pay for it; which, in his case, is local news producer Nina (a brilliant comeback role for Rene Russo). Nightcrawler works as a suspenseful, character-driven drama and a scathing satire on the media industry. Louis Bloom talks like a self-help seminar, sells himself to his employers and reproduces corporate spiel ver batem; he hires naïve hobo; Rick (a subtle, convincing performance by Riz Ahmed) as his second cameraman, buys a police scanner and embarks upon a serious of nocturnal misadventures that push him ever closer to the edge: Whether its hauling an injured car crash victim to a place where he can get a better angle or engineering deadly encounters to snare that all-important footage, Bloom is as ruthless as his job demands.
Nightcrawler checks all the boxes when it comes to indicting the socio-economic paradigm that creates men like Bloom; cynical, careerist lone-gunmen encouraged to embody the worst traits of humanity in order to keep their heads above water. Gilroy throws a few singing jabs at everyone and everything in the industry: from the intern-as-desperate-exploited-patsy to gore-hungry news bosses. For as Rene Russo's character explains: "We like crime; not all crime: a car-jacking in Compton isn't exactly news, now is it?.our viewers are interested in urban crime creeping into the suburbs; what that means is a victim or victims; preferably well-off, White, injured at the hands of the poor or a minority: Think of our newscast as a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut". Nightcrawler is a well directed, fast paced, superbly acted, very well written film that ought to be considered a modern classic in the months and years ahead. A must see.
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