Magazine article Variety

Nightcrawler

Magazine article Variety

Nightcrawler

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NIGHTCRAWLER (OpenRoad)

Feature film (dramatic)

Editor: John Gilroy

Classic storytelling dictates a dear protagonist whose story is told from his or her point of view. The audience must care about, root for and be satisfied with the journey of this character. That's what the textbooks say. But what if your protagonist is Lou Bloom? Brilliantly played by Jake Gyllenhaal, Lou can be described as an asocial being at best, whose behavior moves from reprehensible to outright criminal. That's the highwire act that *'Nightcrawler" succeeds in walking. Editor John Gilroy's contribution is crucial to that success. On the surface, the film is an expertly edited thriller, but beneath lies a subtle psychological deconstruction of a character whose descent into amorality is fed by the world that sensationalizes empathy. …

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