If you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy a ticket.
Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a thief that's focused on finding himself work that will earn him a decent amount of money. One day he comes across a crash on the highway and notices the freelance cameramen that film the event and sell them off to news stations. He decides this is for him, and delves into this world headfirst. He starts selling his footage to to a specific news director, Nina. (Rene Russo) But he's never satisfied, and continues to make more questionable decisions when it comes to the crime scenes he's filming.
There's no other way to put it. Lou Bloom is a slimy bastard. Literally everything he does is morally wrong and he's a total dick on top of it. His ego is out of control, but that in itself is so fascinating. Gyllenhaal is fantastic here. Lou is a very forceful person, and you're almost afraid to see how far he will go to get what he wants. Lou is kind of the moon of this movie, he's the center of attention, and everyone else is just there. While the supporting cast does give convincing performances, nothing really matches Gyllenhaal.
I liked the overall tone, the shots of LA at night, and the way the film ended was my favorite part, but it's hard to explain without spoiling it. Maybe at a later time, I'm sure we'll be seeing this film again during Oscar season.
Memorable Quote: "I don't have what you'd call a formal education, but I believe you can learn anything if you look hard enough." - Lou (Jake Gyllenhaal)