NIGHTCRAWLER

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

6.30PM, FOX­TEL MAS­TER­PIECE ★★★★

Hav­ing just started out as a free­lance TV news cam­era­man, Lou Bloom (Jake Gyl­len­haal) prowls Los An­ge­les af­ter dark in search of what sells: car crashes and mur­ders soon be­come a house spe­cialty. Though Nightcrawler is squarely tak­ing aim at the worst in­cli­na­tions of US tabloid TV – the holy grail of footage is de­scribed as “a scream­ing woman run­ning down the street with her throat cut” – it is the eerily cen­tred per­for­mance of Gyl­len­haal that draws all fo­cus. With a smile al­ways on his dial and a work ethic that never lets up, Lou seems like the kind of guy who would do any­thing for any­body. Gyl­len­haal reads him dif­fer­ently, and grad­u­ally gets us think­ing the same way: Lou is re­ally the kind of guy who would do any­thing to any­body.

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