AMER­I­CAN PSY­CHO

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - HT DO - RASHID IRANI

NIGHTCRAWLER Di­rec­tion: Dan Gil­roy Ac­tors: Jake Gyl­len­haal, Rene Russo Rat­ing:

He is in­tel­li­gent and job­less. It’s also ap­par­ent that the pro­tag­o­nist is a psy­chopath. Mak­ing a liv­ing from petty theft, he chances upon a way to rake in the big bucks. He finds em­ploy­ment as a free­lance videog­ra­pher. Now a ‘nightcrawler’, he (Gyl­len­haal) barges onto crime and ac­ci­dent scenes and sells the footage to a TV news chan­nel.

Dur­ing his for­ays into the un­der­belly of Los An­ge­les he records car crashes and mur­ders with­out any re­gard for the law. Des­per­ate to achieve suc­cess he in­dulges in the worst ex­cesses of yel­low jour­nal­ism and tam­pers with ev­i­dence which could pos­si­bly en­dan­ger the lives of his com­peti­tor (Bill Pax­ton) and his un­der­paid as­sis­tant (Riz Ahmed). Di­rec­tor Dan Gil­roy dis­plays ex­pert com­mand over the medium.

The City of An­gels is pho­tographed with breathtaking vir­tu­os­ity by Robert El­swit. A sonorous mu­sic score by James New­ton Howard adds to the film’s im­pact.

In a ca­reer-defin­ing role for which he re­port­edly lost a lot of weight, Jake Gyl­len­haal is as­ton­ish­ing. Sim­ply put, Nightcrawler is un­miss­able.

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