TV news has long since surpassed the excesses that seemed far-fetched in Paddy Chayefsky’s “Network” almost 40 years ago. Indeed, what’s shocking about Dan Gilroy’s “Nightcrawler” is how not shocking it is – while still being a rousing and visionary piece of work.
In depicting the world of local TV news in Los Angeles, Gilroy has created a kinetic joyride that surfs a giddy wave of dark wit and intelligence. The film lives and breathes through Jake Gyllenhaal and the spookily energized antihero he brings so vividly to life.
In this twisted era of the perpetual news cycle, “Nightcrawler”’s story of a bottom-feeder who rises to the top is a piece of sharp-eyed media criticism, disguised as the one of year’s most intense and entertaining films. (More…)