After captivating performances in Prisoners, End of Watch and Source Code, Jake Gyllenhaal has secured himself as one of my favourite actors of this generation. He's an actor who throws himself into a role, both physically and emotionally. And that seems no different for his upcoming movie, Nightcrawler, where he plays a morally bankrupt crime journalist eager to reach the top of his profession. Gyllenhaal 'did a Bale' to land the role; losing 20 pounds before production started.
So why is it Poster of the Week? Well... just look at it. With it's pixelated retro filter and 8-bit style font, the poster hints at the style of the movie itself. It almost looks like a video game design à la Grand Theft Auto. The claustrophobic framing, solely focusing upon Gyllenhaal, also suggests that this is a one-performance movie. Bill Paxton, Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed flesh out the rest of the cast, but from the poster and teaser trailer, it does seem to be a project designed to show off Gyllenhaal's talents.
The director is Dan Gilroy, a name that's unfamiliar to me, although he did write the scripts for The Bourne Legacy and The Fall. He's brought on board a super talented crew though. Not least, Oscar winning cinematographer Robert Elswit, who has consistently produced stunning images on movies like There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Boogie Nights and The Men Who Stare At Goats. Additional production and set design crew members have been pinched from Christopher Nolan and Darren Aronofsky.
To view the Nightcrawler teaser, click the video below: