david prown 120Both the movie "Fury" and "The Judge" have been in the theatres for a number of weeks primarily due to there A list actors (Robert Duvall, Rob Lowe, Brad Pitt and more). I try to stay away from reviews yet my feeling was that audience and critic response has been mixed. Plus add in the 2 1/2 hour running times and I was NOT "feeling it" to go to either of these films.

By chance the other day, a window of time allowed me to go see "The Judge". While sitting watching endless previews, a fellow movie enthusiast emailed me that I really needed to see "Nightcrawler". Thru the magic of a smart phone, I quickly determined that this wasn't a horror fest and was starting in a few minutes in this same theatre.

I got up immediately and found the other film and immediately knew this was the right play. "Nightcrawler" is suspenseful, thriller with a different story line starring Jake Gyllenhaal was terrific.

He plays a sort of brilliant, wacko loner that you think could go postal at any moment. He's desperate for any type of work/$ and stumbles upon the wild business of "Nightcrawler" chasing 911 calls with a video camera to get the "$ segment" to sell freelance to a TV studio. No doubt, this specialty involved chasing and capturing the most horrific, gory crimes, accidents and calamities.

Jake plays "Lou Bloom" who is clearly hell bent on becoming the best in the business and crushing anybody that gets in his way or doesn't stroke his ego. He forms a uneasy relationship with director of news at Los Angeles's lowest rated TV station (played by the excellent Rene Russo). Russo, too is a bit down on her luck, feeling her age and is desperate to find a savior. Bloom becomes her savior but definitely at a cost.

They both, within their own craft, have no problems crossing the line to move ahead which makes this very edgy thriller really work. Though a good amount of violence, graphic images and some language, it really works in this film and is not gratuitous.

If I didn't get the email, I'm not sure if I would have thought to go to this film and I am very appreciative. This movie is really entertaining.