If it bleeds it leads Crimeziners. The new Jake Gyllenhaal flick Nightcrawler exploring the dark underbelly of the TV News freelancing industry is a must see for all crime fans.
Co-produced by Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler is also a family day out for Bourne trilogy brothers Dan and Tony Gilroy. The gorgeous Rene Russo AKA Mrs. Dan Gilroy also stars.
Nightcrawler is filled with noirish nastiness and Gyllenhaal is hypnotic as Richard Ramirez style petty criminal and psycho Lou Bloom. As he prowls the LA night, Bloom chances upon a scene of freeway carnage and promptly decides that there is money to be made as a freelance TV news cameraman.
Bloom is as ambitious as he is unscrupulous, a mix of talents that propels him to the top of the trade at the expense of innocent bystanders. Along the way, we get very many marvelous moments, as Bloom inflicts his philosophy of self-empowerment on all and sundry—an acerbic metaphor for not only the unsavory side of media intrusion, but the voracious nature of capitalism itself.
Deep? Do not worry. There are car chases. There is gore. There is moral torment and some stunning cinematography from Robert Elswit. This tense and suspenseful movie will have your heart pumping out of your chest.
Award winning photojournalist and Crimezine chum Howard Raishbrook worked as a Consultant on this movie. Mild mannered Howard is the perfect English gentleman and the very antithesis of psycho Gyllenhaal character; but his company RMG provided valuable background for the making of the movie. Expect to see more of H coming your way soon, as the success of Nightcrawler means RMG will feature in a new reality TV show featuring a veritable carnival of vehicular misfortune and crime scene carnage. How did Gyllenhaal cultivate the Richard Ramirez style cheek-bones? According to H a regime of flavored tooth-picks, herbal-tea, and punishing ten mile runs created that effortlessly starved look. Hollyweird—it’s not all red carpets and champagne, is it Crimeziners?