“You never know the biggest day of your life is the biggest day, not until it’s happening. You don’t recognize the biggest day of your life, not until you’re right in the middle of it. The day you commit to something or someone. The day you get your heart broken. The day you meet your soul mate. The day you realize there’s not enough time because you want to live forever. Those are the biggest days, the perfect days.”
One thing I find very interesting is the watch. After robbing it from the officer at the beginning of the film, Lou does not get it resized to fit his wrist or sell it for money, but keeps it on even it was too big and hangs off his wrist, awkward and out of place. It was almost like his first step towards building a career, a semblance of professionalism and status that he sees his future self possessing. He then ‘hires’ an assistant, gets a fancy car and swaps the old police scanner for a new one. However, all this is done methodically and without passion, and we never see him giving his car a once-over in appreciation or going to the shop to upgrade his equipment. The old set-up simply disappears as Lou goes from chasing to orchestrating news, with the character Rick offering a contrast between someone who’s purely in it for the money and someone who’s completely obsessive. Rick’s string of curses during the car chase versus Lou’s silence and later, his calm instructions “Steady hands, use your zoom.” It all works together to unsettle the shit out of the audience.