Tuesday, 4 November 2014

What if my problem wasn't that I don't understand people but that I don't like them?

Nightcrawler (2014)

Featuring a brilliantly compelling lead performance from Jake Gyllenhaal (as well as a terrific Riz Ahmed playing his assisstant) this is not quite Network for our age (it never really considers teevee news as something being pushed out or at least threatened by the internet strangely) but a fast, funny somewhat scathing indictment of 'if it bleeds it leads' journalism.
It stays on point, suggesting the people in charge of getting ratings are just as sociopathic as the man who is first seen beating (killing?) a man for his watch. But it never really digs beneath this. 
A late minute 'twist' of sorts doesn't quite work, it feels a little sloppy and contrived and only really exists to service the unsubtle message.
Otherwise though, a tight thrilling two hours.

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