Louis “Lou” Bloom is a sociopath who steals things and then sells them for a living. Desperate to find a decent job, an idea came to him after being near an accident one night and finding a freelance film crew recording the said incident. He overheard the guy selling the video he took and this made him interested to try and do crime journalism as a living. With encouragement and sponsorship from a news editor of a low-rating news station, Nina Romina, he is soon challenged with crossing the line between moral and ethical issues to pursue his newly chosen career.
A very brilliant film! Jake Gyllenhaal’s acting was amazing and haunting as well. He played his character in a way that you would feel that you’re not watching a movie filled with crime but more on how he sees it. Add to that the performances of Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed, the interesting storyline and amazing script and you have a movie well worth watching. I like the lines that Jake’s character, Lou, gave as well – the parts where he talked to others in the film in a way that they would perceive him as reliable through his tricks of persuasion. The things that his characters did to reach the top and stay at the top were completely daunting. He clearly has mental issues but then again so is Rene Russo’s character, Nina, for actually acknowledging him towards the end – they’re total sociopaths! It’s also a bit satirical that Lou hires his employees on an internship basis, and make them believe that he has a credible company and an actual “hiring committee”.
The movie also made me realize the work that news crews have, especially during the night, to deliver worthy news in the morning. And how some may manipulate it, I might add. The movie shows how the media is able to control what they want their audiences to feel. It is true in a way, that some make news more intense than it actually is, or link it to baseless conclusions just to get higher ratings. The movie is oddly satisfying but definitely worth watching.