+ Jake Gyllenhaal plays Louis Bloom very well, with subtle physical tics and a motor mouth that might put Saul Goodman to shame. Never made quite clear if he is on the autism spectrum somewhere, or just a sociopath, and this works in the film.
+ Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed also star as Bloom’s news station Nina Romina contact, and his employee Rick Carey, respectively. Both offer certain contrasts to Louis that play off each other well
+ the fast paced dialogue rattled off by Gyllenhaal is enjoyable to listen to, particularly for the moments where you can tell the jargon is the character of Bloom’s second nature
+ a few red herrings pop up, and you are left to make your own judgements about Bloom’s actions throughout the film
+ A particularly awesome Dodge Challenger SRT features prominently
– one or two plot points are left hanging (perhaps for discussion value)
> This film was written and directed by Dan Gilroy, who was responsible for writing a strange film from 2006 called The Fall. It’s always nice to see connections between some favourites.
> This was also Dan Gilroy’s directorial debut, so he’s up good film to bad 1-0 in my mind
Should you see this film: Yes. The fast paced subject matter and dialogue is compelling, and the two-hour run time goes by so quickly. Bloom is a character with as much in common with someone like American Psycho’s Patrick Bateman as anyone else, and it was a joy to watch his exploits. You should see this film.