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. (IMDb)
This is an interesting story. The big thing about this movie though is that everything takes a backseat to the main character. Which worked and also didn’t at the same time. It worked because the combination of writing and acting of Lou Bloom is what makes this movie worth watching. The character is that guy who is nothing but nice at first glance, but at the same time there is something really off about him. It was well written and Jake Gyllenhaal really brought him to life. His performance reminded me of Christian Bale in American Psycho, really well done over all. Now, the reason why the focus on Lou was also a disadvantage was that the audience doesn’t care about anything else in the movie. The side characters are just not as important and when things happen to them, it’s not as poignant. And from a writing stand point, they’re not as fully developed as they could be. So, if you’re a Gyllenhaal fan, you’ll eat this up, and it is worth watching for him, but overall, this could have been a lot more.