Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/20/14
"You have to make the money to buy a ticket." Jake Gyllenhaal reminds me of Brad Pitt in terms of solid acting and selecting very engaging screenplays and unique characters on film. Source Code, Donnie Darko, Zodiac, Brokeback Mountain are just a few brilliant pictures he has been affiliated with. With this silent gem, the movie is a mixture of Taxi Driver (Lou Bloom who obviously has some people issues is a geek crossed with Travis Bickle, alone but yet a goal setter), Broadcast News, aura of Drive and one of his documentary style film End of Watch. This one gets better and better as each scene progresses. It has that crime mystery documentary and even a touch of dark comedy (yes the way he explains things to his "employee" was just hilarious especially if you have been working for a company like this reviewer has).
Acting of course was solid, screenplay just loaded with dialogue zingers and authenticity was ever present with the various camera direction. So many memorable lines like: "A friend is a gift you give yourself." "Who am I? I'm a hard worker. I set high goals and I've been told that I'm persistent." "Why you pursue something is as important as what you pursue." and "School of fish say a professional hockey team communication is the number one key to success." So may themes were touched such as withholding information for personal gain, ambition, trust, negotiating skills and positive thinking, and yes, he started out as a thief. This can be re-watched countless times and it still would be refreshing as the first time you have seen it.