Director: Dan Gilroy
Release Date: Oct 31, 2014
Rated R for Violence, Language and Graphic Images
Runtime: 1 hr. 57 min.
Nightcrawler is a kinetic film anchored by a career defining performance by Jake Gyllenhaal which is sure to garner more than a few acting nods come award season. Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut isn’t perfect but it’s impressive enough to leave a lasting impression. His film captures the hollow neon griminess of the Los Angeles at night all while following an empty and nearly soulless character. Gyllenhaal’s performance is entrancing from the start as he channels a serial killers level of creepiness mixed with a robotic energy peppered with corporate speak as a second language. Renee Russo is solid in a supporting role as the TV producer with an endless amount of moral grey area. She’s reserved but just as focused as Gyllenhaal. There is some clumsiness in Gilroy’s directorial effort which is most apparent near the end where the film lingers a tad longer than it needs to. Still, it’s a rather impressive debut and perfect showcase for Gyllenhaal’s talent.