by | Jan 6, 2015 | 0 comments

A Dark, Raw Look into the Media World with the Help of a Resurrecting Jake Gyllenhaal 

Jake Gyllenhaal has been reborn. After flopping in Prince of Persia, Gyllenhal moved to make more quality films like Prisoners, Enemy, and now Nightcrawler. With his three latest films he has managed to get back into Hollywood’s A-list and he has morphed into method actor. In his latest film, Nightcrawler, he not only continues to emerge in the top tier of Hollywood, but he also is coming back into the Oscar radar.

Nightcrawler is a raw and pessimistic look at the media world. It tells the story through the eyes of a sociopath named Louie Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal), a man who is desperately looking for work and decides to become a freelance crime journalist. The job consists of listening to police transmitters and arriving on the crime scene as soon as possible in order to capture footage that can later be sold to networks. Bloom is a hard worker and a perfectionist, his ambition to succeed ends up destroying the few morals he has left, so as Bloom strives to get better footage he begins to change the crime scenes in order to get better shots before the police get there. As this rule breaking progresses, Bloom goes to the extent of holding back information from crimes in order to pursue the criminals himself and get better a string of stories.

The film is creepy but delightful with such great acting and a beautifully handled storyline. Gyllenhaal portrays Bloom as a “hungry coyote” as he himself described, Bloom has only the priority of achieving his zenith over anything else. Anything else. Rene Russo plays the senior producer of the network that buys Bloom’s footage; she plays her character with a professionalism and gauntness of desperate news producers, and becomes one of the highlights of the film.

Nightcrawler essentially shows the ruthlessness that news media has in getting a good story. One could say that Nightcrawler is the dark side of the media while HBO’s Newsroom shows the bright and cheery side. Both pieces show two extremes of the media, which in reality are intermingled. Even so, the seemingly exaggerations in Nightcrawler might be the most truthful messages of our media world today.  








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