Film Pulse review forthcoming.
filmreviews12.com review. Why go to the trouble of setting up a complex dystopia, and pose a handful of interesting ethical questions in the first 30 minutes about the implications of said dystopia, if you're just going to squander them all on a slew of action and sci-fi clichés?
(Noomi Rapace fucking NAILS it here, though.)
Engrossing and skeevy, Nightcrawler, the directorial debut of Dan Gilroy, is an uncomfortable but obsessive and deeply fascinating look at what TV news could be under the surface of well lit sets and playful banter. Jake Gyllenhaal is spellbinding, a transformation both physical and psychological that should have been nominated for the Oscar. The rest of the cast -- like Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed -- are great. Gilroy's script is solid, but characters feel underdeveloped, although in the grand scheme of things, detachment is minimal.