Steve Says Nightcrawler Is Fast & Furious

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There are certain things that people will do and certain lines that they will cross when they become desperate. People in those situations get pushed to the limit and you can never be sure of what they will do next. From a distance, those people that are backed into a corner will do some very interesting and creative things to ensure they get the outcome they are looking for.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom. Bloom is down on his luck and he is now in desperation mode when it comes to making money. He isn’t necessarily looking for honest work, but he is desperate for money. One day he happens to come across a devastating accident on the freeway. He notices a camera crew arrive on scene and record everything that is happening including the rescue. He listens very carefully to the camera crew and discovers that they actually make money for selling the footage to the local news. Light-bulb.


Bloom realizes that it is time to get creative. He steals a bicycle and hurries to the local pawn shop where he trades it in for a store credit and gets himself a police scanner and a camcorder. He now has the bare essentials for capturing crime footage to sell to the local news. Now, he just needs to find someone to sell it to. Luckily for him, he comes across someone that is desperate to try to keep her job, Nina Romina (Rene Russo). She is in the middle of a battle for her job and she needs to nail sweeps week.

As Bloom continues to find crimes to cover, he needs an assistant to help him out. He offers him a quick interview and a low salary and he is ready to go. As they roam the streets of Los Angeles, Bloom continues to up the anti. He has competition out there and he needs to get rid of it by any means necessary. He wants to get closer and get their faster. He crosses lines that should never be crossed and he ends up in a situation in which he finds himself at the point of no return.

Nightcrawler will test your nerves. Gyllenhaal will amaze you with his performance as he pulls you right into the story with him and I found myself wanting to get a police scanner and a camcorder, although these days I could probably accomplish it all with my iPhone. Everything about Nightcrawler is great. From the story to the performances to the way it sucks you into the story. This is an absolute must-see.

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