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Nightcrawler - Film Review

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by Manuela Santana (subscribe)
Video Editor & Writer. IG: manuesantana
Published November 19th 2014


Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a hard working person, looking desperately for a job as many people in Los Angeles, who sets himself high goals and known to be very persistent. He aims a great lifestyle and he's willing to do whatever it takes to achieve it. His motto: "If you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy a ticket" but how far would you go to reach your goals and live the American dream?

Always with dilated pupils, Lou is a sociopath that keeps his calm collected attitude for almost 117 minutes whilst you can vaguely see a muscle movement in his face.

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Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom


Nightcrawler is a magnificent thriller with exceptional music soundtrack and very well crafted performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, where he manages to embody a thoroughly loathsome but intriguing character that you cannot look away from.

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The nightcrawlers are motley crews armed with fast cars, expensive video cameras and blaring police radios in search of a story. They hunt for crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem in hopes of selling the footage to local TV news. Pin-balling from one police scene to the next, they are driven by a simple equation that converts crime and victims into dollars and cents. The frenetic pursuit to find graphic news footage powers Nightcrawler's to film crime as it happens.

For writer-director Dan Gilroy, the nocturnal subculture of maverick newshounds became the perfect world to launch lead character Lou Bloom who Aided by Nina (Rene Russo), a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, will blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

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Lou and Nina



Austin and Howard Raishbrook are real-life stringers, and according to them, "Lou Bloom comes across as a sociopathic stringer who embodies an extreme version of our own approach." In contrast to Lou, the brothers sometimes get emotionally shaken up by incidents they've encountered. "We always have fire extinguishers and medical kits in case there's a situation where we can help," says Austin. "Getting the shot comes secondary to any circumstance where we can do something."

A pulse-pounding thriller, magnificent in all meanings

" I would never ask you to do anything that I wouldn't do myself" Lou says, but how far is he willing to go?



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Why? Magnificent movie
When: From Nov 27th
Where: Cinemas across Australia
Cost: vary
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