The film starts out with Lou Bloom at the very bottom of the metaphorical “ladder," as he is no more than a petty thief. However, after he comes across a car accident while driving home one night, he becomes inspired to become a “stringer," or an individual who films accidents and/or crimes and sells them to news stations. Through manipulating the scenes and crossing physical and moral boundaries, Bloom is able to gradually climb the ladder of success. Ultimately, his twisted character and psychology end up representing far more than one individual. Director Dan Gilroy notes, “Lou’s character came from an awareness that I have that a lot of people under thirty—tens of millions of people statistically I think either can’t find employment or employment that’s piecemeal and they can’t really sustain themselves and I was very intrigued with the idea of a character coming out of that desperation” (Nightcrawler Blu-ray). Therefore, Gyllenhaal’s character acts a symbol of the current generation Y that is out seeking employment in the tough economic world. Of course, many would not go to some of the extremes that Lou Bloom goes to in the film, but his mentality, coupled with his unnerving drive for success is something that is hard-wired into nearly every person trying to find a way to make a living.
Nightcrawler. Screenplay by Dan Gilroy. Dir. Dan Gilroy. Blu-ray. Bold Films, 2013.
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