Louis Bloom a man who is very driven and looking for work, ends up getting himself into recording crime scenes and selling them for TV news.
This film is very strange, I honestly have to start with that. Jake Gyllenhaal puts a fantastically creepy performance in as Louis Bloom, a very odd individual but we eventually begin to realise he has to be a sociopath. The things he does when capturing the news are very sadistic and get worse as time goes on and he makes even more money. He sees it as a competition and that he must be the best and first to get to each scene.
Bloom just loves talking and sounds extremely intelligent, we found out that he has in fact taught himself using the internet. He outwits and uses people constantly giving them no choice at all than to believe him and do whatever he wants. It is a pretty haunting performance from Gyllenhaal, days later I am still thinking about this film and how messed up his character was!
The film will make you think about your job or career and how ruthless you have been and are towards it. Do you want more out of your life and can you easily make it better for yourself? As Bloom really shows what you can do with a lot of commitment (yes he’s psycho, but I don’t mean you have to go that far). But it will make you assess your life and situations.
Rene Russo has not aged very well, I didn’t even realise it was her until writing this review up! Honestly she looks very rough in this, although I will say that is part of her character I hope anyway, trying to be a bit kinder about her now.
It did annoy me at times and I was nervous laughing at how odd some of the scenes were, as well as looking at my friend with quite a lot of confusion. I wasn’t entirely sure what the film was about before heading to see it on Sunday afternoon. I had heard it was receiving good reviews and seemed a much better option than the mindless horror films released around Halloween.
I am therefore unsure to whether I would recommend this film to anyone as it is not really a film to massively love in my opinion with it being just so damn strange overall. So see it if you dare? But be prepared for a very strange ride!