“When Lou Bloom, a driven man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.”
So this is a great example, of a movie that is really good for mostly one reason…and thats the acting. The acting here is simply superb, amazing job by Jake Gyllenhaal as well as the rest of the cast. He of course is the stand out, since he has the most development and the most screen time. Also all the weight that he lost for this movie, has a way of bugging out his eyes and really adding another dimension to his character. A character that is certifiably bat shit crazy, and while you can’t totally root for him, you get this sick desire to see if he can keep out reaching his grasp and not fall to his doom, and that is TOTALLY sold off his action performance alone. The way we get both to see inside his head and at times be completely left to see what he will do next allows the audience just enough information to understand the character better, but not enough for us to fully understand why his motivation exist. Its a fine line to walk and it was walked very well. This is one of those movies where you see a lot of award nominations for acting roles, and nothing else. Thats not to say the movie isn’t shot and directed well, just after its done no one is going to ask who directed, they are all going to say that Jake Gyllenhaal is a great actor. Its a role totally different to any you will have ever seen him do, and that alone is reason enough to give this movie a watch.
Review Score : 8.5 out of 10