This time I decided to go for two movies with Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal is an actor who keeps making better movies. This guy is on a roll and has made so many great films recently. I decided to let two of his more recent ones fight it out in the movie battle. Let’s so who wins: “Enemy” Vs. “Nightcrawler”.
Enemy: Besides Jake Gyllenhaal we can see Mélanie Laurent, Sara Gadon and Isabella Rossellini. While Gyllenhaal is the star, all the ladies do a very solid job.
Nightcrawler: Rene Russo and Bill Paxton are performing opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. Again, Gyllenhaal is the star and he is at his most maniacal in “Nightcrawler”. What an amazingly overlooked performance by him.
Enemy: When you read the synopsis it all seems standard. A man seeks out his exact look-alike after spotting him in a movie. But what’s beneath is much more complicated. I didn’t understand the movie when I first saw it, it’s a movie with a lot of symbolism and layers. “Enemy” really makes you think and you want to find out the psychology behind it. And that ending freaked me out.
Nightcrawler: The story is a bit more straight forward than “Enemy”, but also more than meets the eye. Louis Bloom discovers working as a crime journalist and becomes obsessed with the job.
Enemy: A very grim movie, well filmed. It all looks very creepy and there are some special effects here and there. But not more than needed.
Nightcrawler: Night time Los Angeles is the background of the film and the city of angels is filmed beautifully. The film has a gripping atmosphere and this décor adds something extra to that.
Tough choice, I loved both movies. But I think “Nightcrawler” surprised and overwhelmed me more.