Is Jake Gyllenhaal the next actor on the verge of a McConaughey-esque career resurgence? Nope, because he's already neck deep into it with a string of remarkable performances in End of Watch, Enemy, and Prisoners. But unlike McConaughey, Gyllenhaal was never really considered a "joke"; he was just an actor who spent a lot of years flashing tremendous potential. With an awards season date set aside for his latest film, Nightcrawler, it looks like Gyllenhaal has finally turned the corner.
Written and directed by Dan Gilroy (The Bourne Legacy screenwriter), Nightcrawler has Gyllenhaal as Lou, a desperate man who delves into the seedy underworld of Los Angeles crime journalism. He becomes part of a group of reckless, adrenaline-seeking cameramen capturing the city's most violent crimes all in the sake of making some fast money. But when things start getting dangerous Lou becomes closer to the action than he was prepared for.
SYNOPSIS: NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling — where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.