Before seeing this film I deemed Enemy to be Jake Gyllenhaal's best performance this year, although to be fair, that was his only other film this year. After seeing Nightcrawler, however, my opinion has differed greatly. Jake Gyllenhaal's performance in Nightcrawler is absolutely insane. His character is psychotic, yet you want to root for him. You shouldn't, my god you shouldn't, but you do anyway. You can't help it. He understands people, but he's not a people person, making for some incredibly awkward situations, in particular a scene between him and Rene Russo's character having dinner comes to mind.
His screenplay is off the hook, bringing to life the dirty secrets of the news. How truthful this film is would be an interesting case-study. I know I'd love to find out. Of course, news reporters probably don't go to such an extent as Lou does in this film, moving the placing of dead bodies to make the perfect shot or, even worse, letting civilians die for the sake of a good report, but I'm curious to find out just how nosey they can get. "If you want to win the lottery then you have to make the money to the buy the ticket," says Lou, and this is all too true. He follows through with his motto, even when it compromises with both the law and his morals.
The film is confronting and unethical, but in the most delicious of ways. It's a film that can be devoured up with ease and with satisfaction. The events taking place go against all morals I have set up within myself, but they're a thrill to watch. As Lou tries harder and harder to get the better story he's faced with situations more dangerous than the last. Each one of these situations are caused by Lou. He wants the best story and he'll do anything to get it, even if that means breaking into crime scenes before the police arrive. It's a seriously messed up movie, but I just love everything about it.