Nightcrawler (2014) The reviews for this one have been very good, and so it was with relatively high hopes that I went into this over the weekend. It attempts to tell two stories: one of a very disturbed man played by Jake Gyllenhaal, and the other narrative is about the media and its manipulation in the internet age. Both are solid focuses for a film; neither is given the attention it deserves here. Gyllenhaal's performance is excellent. But aside from the stunning car chase scenes, I never felt invested in his outcome. And while I thought the media manipulation angle was a strong one, it too never felt as explored as it needed to be in order to state a sure "message."