The city shines brightest at night.
Jake Gyllenhaal leads this Los Angeles-set drama as a devilishly persistent creep who, struggling for employment, barges into the underground world of freelance crime journalism. Co-stars Rene Russo. The directorial debut from screenwriter Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy, Real Steel).... More
After a chance late night encounter introduces Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) to the freelance footage game, he begins competing with other enterprising journos to capture crime on video. Forging a mutually beneficial relationship with a news producer (Russo), Bloom starts building a business, giving her first dibs on his footage. With this sociopath is roaming late night Los Angeles in a grubby, cut-throat industry, what could possibly go wrong?Hide
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BY Matt Glasby Flicks Writer
The onset of so-called citizen journalism – whereby members of the public capture the news on camera – is meant to be democratic, but what if the citizen in question isn't quite all there?... More
Sounding like an X-Man and, with his up-all-night eyes and clammy skin, looking a bit like one too, Jake Gyllenhaal's Lou Bloom is one hell of a creation; the sort of person you hope doesn't exist, but probably does. An ambulance-chasing amateur newshound who's one part Travis Bickle, one part Gollum, he's the spooky centre of Dan Gilroy's compelling thriller, haunting witching-hour LA like a sad alien.
Bloom relates to the world the way a psychopath might, showing no human scruples in shooting car crashes and crime scenes to get his footage on Rene Russo's struggling news channel. He's a man willing – if not wanting – to look into the abyss, and LA is one hell of an abyss, all lonely, winding boulevards and broken dreams. It's a savage skewering of the modern media (Russo characterises the ideal story as a “screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut”) with a great, counterintuitive cast. Nice Bill Paxton excels as a ruthless rival, English actor Riz Ahmed convinces as a gullible American intern, and Russo (Gilroy's wife) has her best role in years as the tough-talking but quietly desperate producer. But this is Gyllenhaal's film: his best since Zodiac, which it closely resembles. This time, however, there's not just one random sicko, but a whole industry full of them, and we're all complicit in making things worse.Hide
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I only went to see this for Jake Gyllenhaal because the trailer made it look so bad! But it was a good surprise for me when I realised that it was just one of thos hollywood trailers that made it look all cheesy and over the top. It was dark and quite exciting to watch.
BY GrahamP superstar
It is a chilling account of a person trying to achieve his goals no matter how he does it.This is movie making at the highest level,with a simple story and no computer generated... More effects.It may leave some feeling a little uneasy.Hide
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