The actor of Prince of Persia goes modern in NightCrawler, and his performance is just as convincing.
He even mastered that slightly careful, deranged tone, we have learned to associate from similar movies with psychos of various sorts.
The kind of tone that says: I am trying to restrain myself from butchering you, try not to make both of us sorry for the self restraint.
The movie displayes the inner workings of TV news.
Where those who hunt the best video shots can be likened to modern day mercenaries.
With skills and no consciousness, they would sell their kindly old grandmother without a second thought, and record her gruesome death on video camera.
At least that is my impression from the movie.
The movie presents an acid social commentary on modern times and can be viewed as a dark parody of the “self made men” genre, not too different from the American Psycho.
The movie is very focused, does not offer many scenes for variety, but the consistent plot development and especially the incredibly belieavable characterization of the protagonist made it highly watchable, despite its extensive length of almost two hours.
Outside of the typical horror tropes. this movie is nonetheless not for the faint hearted.
Lovers of psychological thrillers and character actors might find it highly appealing.