I recently just saw the film Nightcrawler(2014) and it was great, like 5 stars great. I recommend you dear reader to watch it.
but why was this a great film?
It was an original story with very current ideas and views from our cultural at this point in history. It touches on the topic of the job market for the young generation, the idea of being “self made” in our capitalist ideology, entrepreneurial drive, the blurred lines between privacy and voyeurism, the news as media outlet to portray stereotypes, how information is worth more than people, how people interact based on motives rooted in transactions.
This movie made me think a lot about 3 main subjects we have to deal with as a society. Those topics are media, capitalism, and interpersonal relationship are connected and how each informs the other.
What we know from the ideology of capitalism is that you are only worth as much as you produce, and whatever your product is can be a commodity worth whatever a person is willing to pay. We are in an information age, in which information is the currency of the realm. Videos, and images are used to express the human experience and our cultural position is that we share what entertains, captures, and even disturbs our attention. Our mediums of media are changing how we speak and relate to one another in the interwoven world of the internet and reality.
In this film there is subject of the job market, which is fueled by capitalism. There are a lot of people, young and old who do not have a job. Some people are willing to go back to school to “rediscover” what career works for them, others are picking up whatever they can, and then there are even those who create their own employment by working for themselves. It’s this narrative that I encounter the character known as Lou Bloom in this film. I relate to Lou. He is a metaphor of the countless stories of young people in particular that in a very similar situation. They are jobless, but have ambition. They are at a disadvantage, but have determination.
The most defining aspect of film to me is the lack of empathy demonstrated by the character. In the film Lou says various statements that fall in line with capitalist ideology. He even says “Now i’m not fooling myself sir, having been raised with the self-esteem movement popular in schools I used to expect my needs to be considered. But I know that today’s work culture no longer caters to the job loyalty that could be promised to earlier generations. What I believer sir is that good things come to those who work their asses off, and that good people such as yourself who reach the top of the mountain didn’t just fall there. My motto is: if you want to win the lottery you have to make the money to buy a ticket.”
That little speech illustrates how in order to be successful in capitalism you must be willing to adapt for the better. I get that. In order to get ahead, in the rat race, you have to be ambitious, strategic, and controlled. If you do see this film you may not root for Lou as character but you have to realize that Lou is a metaphor of the emotional effect of what we call a psychopath but the real question isn’t how you make it do the top of the mountain, rather are you willing to chase the fight your way to the top when everyone is alseep?…
why should you see this film?
because it is story dark side of ambition.