Despite its excessive cursing and gory images, this movie is rated R due to the message that it gives the viewers. Everyone loves a bit of wicked once in a while, but there is always a balance between good and evil in every story. Nightcrawler breaks that balance by tipping it more towards the corrupted side. Lou, the high-functioning sociopath, defines all rules of journalism by twisting the truth, breaking the laws, and causing most accidents. Even the supposed love scenes are sickening and can make anyone gag because it exists to benefit only one person. The thing that's most troublesome is the sane characters that balanced out the good-evil scale were either ignored or “taken care of”. It is debatable whether or not the ending was suitable for a person like Lou, then again the movie did revolve around him.
Nightcrawler, directed by Dan Gilroy, is a thrilling drama that leaves viewers on the edge of their seats, rushing with excitement. Contrary to most movies, the main character Louis Bloom, played brilliantly by Jake Gyllenhaal, is a sick, twisted journalist who will do anything he can to get his hands on a good story and ultimately, lots of money. Gyllenhaal plays his role so well that the movie is horrifyingly exhilarating. He and his partner—Rick (Riz Ahmed), a homeless young man desperate for some cash—make thousands selling their video footage to Nina (Rene Russo). Nina is the news director of a dying channel KWLA, whose popularity only rises after acquiring Bloom’s dangerous, exciting videos of the criminal world.
Nightcrawler has an intense plot that is brought to life with amazing, dedicated, actors and an average cast of supporting characters. Bloom is the main character, and unlike most main characters, he is not the typical good guy little kids cheer on, but that’s what makes Nightcrawler so unique. From the perspective of a sociopath, the entire movie is disturbing, but stimulating. It’s a very well-paced and well-executed movie that makes use of the entire two hours it was given. Although it's primarily a crime thriller, it does contain dashes of dry humor that never fails to get the large audience to crack up. This movie is jam-packed with dark characters and it's scary not because they’re scary, but because they depict the selfish, greedy nature of humanity.
Overall, the movie was outstanding in its own way. Its ending was different from others and had a very mischievous twist. Every second of it was realistic and accurately described the dangers in L.A. Both the plot and the characters are disturbingly realistic. Nightcrawler is a movie with a cynical theme you shouldn’t enjoy, but you do anyway.