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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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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BY Barny superstar

The star of this film is the city of Los Angeles - all those gorgeous shots of the city at night throughout the film. Otherwise I felt it couldn't decide if it was a dark satire or psychological thriller. Apart from his brilliant weight loss I didn't feel Jake Gyllenhaal turned in a particularly memorable performance, just Donnie Darco stylez really...all brooding and unblinking. Maybe a stronger script would have helped, the plot seemed to rely on shoehorned exposition to get the story going... More and montages to advance it. The best parts were Gyllenhaal delivering Tyler Durden style rants and his scenes with Reno Russo, the action finally arrives near the end and is thrilling to be sure but what really nagged me for about 117 minutes was the generic production house sounding music....yeah, I know, I know...I need to lighten up.Hide

BY Sulian superstar

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 MaiaMcnz lister

Jake G is so good in this and I like the commentary on journalism and ethics. Jake G really strayed off the path of good acting for a long time (wish i could forget him in Prince of Persia) but his perf here is so. blimmin. GOOD!

BY GrahamP superstar

Lou has a mental illness but also a brilliant mind and a different way of seeing people.The dialog between all the actors is so good and delivered with such precision the viewer is drawn into the story.The director is able to capture eye movements and facial expressions which also builds on what is being said.
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

This is a fantastic film, right from the start the audience is drawn into this blurred ethical dilemma with Jake Gyllenhaal's dark, creepy character and his quest for pushing the boundaries of what is acceptable journalism. Jake manufactures the story and twists fact and fiction to create a great story. Though there are some slow parts, the film ultimately pulls together and leaves the viewer satisfied that crime/ accident reportage is where its at if you want to reveal in the misfortunes of... More others at the expense of 'telling the story'.Hide

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The Press Reviews

94% of critics recommend.
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  • Gyllenhaal summons career-best work... hammers home Louis's mania in ferocious, near-OCD monologues—one of which will bring your audience to stupefied applause—that reveal a truly dangerous operator. Full Review

  • The film's constant shifts of tone can grow tiring, even if the action as a whole never gets boring. Full Review

  • A feast of capital-A acting that's sometimes amusing to watch but not believable for so much as a second. Full Review

  • Gyllenhaal's performance is so dedicated, and Gilroy's world so determinedly realised that it forces its way to originality. Full Review

  • Sharp, dark, satirical and bone-rattlingly thrilling, with a career-peak turn from Jake Gyllenhaal. Full Review

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