Unseen Cinema: Nightcrawler (Mar 2015)

Colchester Film Festival presents ‘Unseen Cinema’ every month in Firstsite Colchester. Each screening is a taste of the very best feature films that weren’t screened or had a limited release in your local multiplex cinema.

Feature: Nightcrawler
Director / Writer: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton
Date: Thursday 19th March 2015
Venue: Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH
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The dark twisted world of crime in L.A. unfolds here being filmed live to television news but who’s really behind that camera? Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a desperate man determined for work and here he muscles his way into the world of L.A. crime journalism, only to become sucked into it so much that he doesn’t care for the dead he is filming and merely sees the dead as profit for himself. This brilliant spine chilling performance from Jake Gyllenhaal is one of his best, making the audience afraid of his character. His eyes massive and bulging makes for a crazy look, which adds to the characters dark personality. His speech is smooth and suggestive making the character of Lou Bloom sinister and manipulative.

Full of excitement, action and in some cases dark humor Nightcrawler makes for an excellently well made film from writer and director Dan Gilroy. Although Jake Gyllenhaal is the star of the movie other performances such as Rene Russo (as TV-news veteran Nina) are also well done through out the movie. Director Dan Gilroy has captured the element of crime superbly in a stylish and realistic way making this film ever more believable and shocking.

By Tom Findley
Film Reviewer


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