Capsule Cinema: Nightcrawler (Gilroy, 2014)

Kay reviews films in 100 words or less.


Nightcrawler is a creepy film. Jake Gyllenhall as Lou Bloom, a disarmingly articulate and calculating petty thief-cum-nightcrawler, is creepy. Witnessing Gyllenhall’s performance is like watching a gory car crash—it’s horrifying, but for some reason, you can’t look away. I had no idea if he would show moments of pathetic weakness or fly into a psychotic rage and start breaking skulls with his camera. Overall, I think it’s a great film. Unsettling yet riveting. The ending left me puzzled and wanting, but Gyllenhall’s chilling treatment of his character is enough to sit through nearly two hours of this TMZ nightmare.


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