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Nightcrawler Movie Review - It Comes At Night
Cast - Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton
Directed By - Dan Gilroy
Genre - Crime Thriller
On my initial viewing of this film, I was, for the most part, shocked and also amazed at the storyline and the performance showcased in this movie. This is a dark film which exposes the unethical journalism practices that are more focused on giving sensational headlines rather than meaningful and essential news to the viewers. But given the fact how much people love to see drama in there daily life, the sensational news keep the viewers entertained and hooked to the News Channel and give a boost to there TRP's, and hence there is no doubt that we are shown this nonsense and unimportant news more than the actual news. Nightcrawler focuses on this aspect of the media through the life of Louis Bloom or Lou (Jake Gyllenhaal) who finds his "inspiration" from a stringer named Joe Loder (Bill Paxton) of recording the homicides that take place in the darkest hours of the night. He becomes very good at this job and hires Rick (Riz Ahmed) as an intern for his "company", and together they roam in the night searching for the crimes and recording them and selling them to local news channels. When visiting a Channel to sell his footage, Lou finds Nina Romina (Rene Russo) who hires him and tells him to bring every footage he records to her, and in turn, she will pay him.
Now, this film gives different vibes to different persons, you may find it as a thriller or a dark comedy or drama. Whatever way you see it, this is an excellent film which deals with the modern journalism and how it sensationalises headlines to combat the decline in the viewership. The relationship between the unethical media and its consumers is darkly presented in this film. Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou convinces the characters and even us as an audience very easily. You don't support his motives, but root for him and you are also eager to find out his next move. Rene Russo wants to increase the viewership of her channel, and in her desperation, she fully supports Lou and also submits to his demands. What should be noted in this film is that the character of Lou is formed because of the audience who indulge in watching sensationalised news stories. It is the increase in demand for these kinds of news stuff that forces Lou to do something new and criminal. He competes with other stringers, and in his ambition, he goes very far. The film's tagline goes as "The City Shines Brightest At Night", and Lou uses the darkness of the night to brighten up his profession.
Apart from its unique and original screenplay, the direction, cinematography and the performances have equal contribution in making the NIghtcrawler as one of the best and most exceptional thrillers to have come out till date. This is a film that should not be missed by the lovers of cinema or by the general audience.