Jake Gyllenhaal gives his best performance in film noir thriller Nightcrawler, which debuted on Oct. 31. Whether it was his huge, dead eyes or his creepy smile, Gyllenhaal’s character, Lou Bloom, rendered audiences speechless.

Bloom becomes a freelance videographer specializing in crime in Los Angeles. Obsessed with getting the right angles, he lets no obstacle, including people, get in his way of capturing the perfect shot. The film, yielding thought-provoking conversation on ethics in journalism, begs the question, “Though his actions are mostly legal, are they morally right?” The exploration of the corruption of traditional media is a fresh perspective, which is part of the reason why the film has been so successful.

Aside from Gyllenhaal’s brilliant performance, the visuals left audiences on the edge of their seats. The climactic car chase, shot so that the audience felt they were in Lou’s car watching the events unfold, took about six weeks to plan, according to the film’s writer-director Dan Gilroy. It paid off. Gasps could be heard among many audience members during this intense scene.

Nightcrawler topped the box office Halloween weekend, taking in about $10.91 million. If you like American Psycho or Zodiac, you need to see this movie. I’d give this must-see film 5/5 stars. Check Fandango.com for showings in theaters near you.

-Brianna Kasperek, staff writer

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