Jake Gyllenhaal plays a deranged videographer who sells his clips of carnage to local TV stations. Rene Russo plays a desperate news director with a broken moral compass. Los Angeles is a vast and dark chasm in which unspeakable horrors occur on a nightly basis. Gyllenhaal is there to capture all of them. Gyllenhaal’s calculated business ambition and sociopathic tendencies lead him to hunt for bigger and bloodier. By the end he and Russo are beyond saving, but neither seems to be too concerned with that.
Gyllenhaal’s business minded Louis Bloom will inspire thoughts of Christian Bale’s Howard Bateman from American Psycho. Russo is good, but the execution by her husband (Dan Gilroy a.k.a. the director) is not. Given the subject matter, he should of gone for a more serious atmosphere similar to that of Nichols Winding Refn’s “Drive”. Instead, we got something that felt a lot more like “The Fast and the Furious”. The score is awful too.
Good idea, good casting, wrong director.
Overall grade: C