Jake Gyllenhaal plays a petty thief who realises there is more money to be made filming crash and murder scenes and selling the footage to TV news stations. He discovers there is a premium paid for blood and the truly shocking. And so he starts filming what others are too squeamish to film. He starts crossing police cordons. He buys a sportscar to get to crime scenes first, where he starts rearranging the scenes for dramatic effect. Then he wonders if there is even more money to be made helping to organise brutal crimes that he can film happening… This movie is brilliant. It makes sure we feel sorry for Jake at the start and that we side with him even when he’s cutting corners. We’re as impressed by the results as he is. But by the end we realise that we, as viewer-consumers, are as responsible for the terrible things he does as he is himself. After all, we could just switch off. Highly recommended and self-aware filming and script. Great acting. It’s a 10 out of 10 from me. Yippee!
Nightcrawler is as gripping as it is disturbing