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Running Head: GREED AND VIOLENCE 1 Greed and Violence in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler Thooraya Mused University of California, Berkeley College Writing R1A GREED AND VIOLENCE 2 Greed and Violence in Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler The maxim, “I
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  Running Head: GREED AND VIOLENCE 1Greed and Violence in Dan Gilroy’s  Nightcrawler   Thooraya used!ni ersi#y o$ Cali$ornia% &er'eleyCollege (ri#ing R1A  GREED AND VIOLENCE )Greed and Violence in Dan Gilroy*s  Nightcrawler  The +a,i+% -I$ i# .leeds% i# leads%/ has ne er .een +ore #rue #hen in Dan Gilroy’s )01 A+erican #hriller  Nightcrawler. 2#unning audiences 3i#h i#s un$il#ered de4ic#ions o$ #he +edia’s callous e,4loi#a#ion o$ #ragedy%  Nightcrawler   e,4lores #he li$e and legacy o$    a+a#eur ca+era+an Lou &loo+ 54layed .y 6a'e Gyllenhaal7% 3ho ideo#a4es sordid nigh##i+e inciden#s and sells #he e,4lici# $oo#age #o a local LA ne3s ou#le#8 Accelera#ing #he narra#i e 3i#h increasingly .loody scenes% 3ri#er9direc#or Gilroy allo3s his audience #o 3i#ness #he +oral unra eling o$ his charac#ers as #hey greedily 4ursue #heir o3n agendas 3i#hou# considering #he 4ain and su$$ering o$ o#hers8 Through #he de elo4+en# o$ his charac#ers% Gilroy holds e eryone accoun#a.le% including #he audience8 He clearly co++unica#es #ha# #he A+erican $ascina#ion 3i#h gra4hic iolence encourages ne3s organia#ions #o ac# in +orally ;ues#iona.le 3ays ou# o$ ca4i#alis#ic greed8 Essen#ially% #he $il+ sho3s #he +edia churning ou# endless grisly ideos #ha# $eed #he  4u.lic’s +or.id $ascina#ion 3i#h iolence8 Gilroy con eys #his +essage #hrough #he $il+’s narra#i e s#ruc#ure% 3hich re eals a cycle o$ greed #ha# .uilds #o a disas#rous conclusion8 Gilroy in#roduces #he #he+e o$ dece4#ion and greed in  Nightcrawler  ’s o4ening se;uence8 In #he scene% a securi#y guard con$ron#s Lou% 3ho is #res4assing on 4ri a#e 4ro4er#y8 In #he con$ron#a#ion% Lou loo's a# #he securi#y guard 3i#h 3ide% un.lin'ing eyes and re4lies innocen#ly% -I’+ los#/ 5Gilroy% )01% 48 <78 &e$ore #he securi#y guard is a.le #o ;ues#ion Lou’s res4onse% Lou s#ri'es hi+% sna#ches his 3a#ch% and runs o$$8 Lou’s casual and un4ro o'ed assaul# re eals #ha# heis 3illing #o do 3ha#e er is necessary #o +ee# his needs8 His innocen# lie -I’+ los#/ signals #o ie3ers #ha# Lou +isre4resen#s #he #ru#h #o ge# 3ha# he 3an#s8 This ini#ial e4isode hel4s $ore#ell Lou’s ra4id disin#egra#ion in#o a+orali#y as #he 4lo# un$olds8  GREED AND VIOLENCE <La#er #ha# sa+e nigh#% Lou s#u+.les u4on a grueso+e car acciden#=an inciden# #ha# launches #he +ain 4lo# .y ins#illing Lou 3i#h a sense o$ 4ur4ose8 (hen a TV ca+era cre3 a44ears and s#ar#s ideo#a4ing #he acciden#% Lou is ri e#ed .y #heir ac#ions8 He a44roaches a +e+.er o$ #he cre3 and as's i$ #hey are curren#ly hiring8 The cre3 +e+.er de+urs .u# re+ar's #ha# he sells #he $oo#age #o #he -orning ne3s>?and@ 3hoe er 4ays #he +os#/ 5Gilroy% )01% 48 1078 Lou realies #ha# .y selling his o3n grisly $oo#age% he can .eco+e an en#re4reneur% crea#ing his o3n dar' #3is# on #he A+erican Drea+8 A$#er .uying a ca+era and a 4olice scanner% Lou s#ar#s s#aying a3a'e un#il da3n% o.ser ing 4olice scanners and racing #o #he scene o$ disas#ers  us# in #i+e #o docu+en# #he slaugh#er8 As #he $il+’s 4lo# con#inues #o un$old% Gilroy cons#ruc#s scenes in 3hich Lou +o es $ro++erely o.ser ing and docu+en#ing cri+es #o ac#i ely changing cri+e scenes #o +a'e +ore +oney $ro+ his $oo#age8 An e,a+4le o$ #his illegal .eha ior occurs 3hen Lou +o es an unconscious .ody closer #o a car 3rec' #o heigh#en #he e,ci#e+en# o$ his grisly sho#8 This calcula#ed ac#ion re eals ho3 Lou has s#ar#ed #o cross signi$ican# e#hical .oundaries #o ge# #he +os# dra+a#ic $oo#age8 A$#er3ard% Lou rushes #o B2L TV s#a#ion’s +orning ne3s direc#or  Nina 5Rene Russo78 The $oo#age% o$ course% is gri44ing% and Nina 4ays a high 4rice8 The +essageis clear: #he .loodier #he $oo#age% #he +ore i# is 3or#h8 This is 3ha# ie3ers 3an#8As #he $il+ 4rogresses% Gilroy de elo4s su44or#ing charac#ers #o re eal #he econo+ic and  4ersonal des4era#ion #ha# dri es #he+ #o engage in cri+inal sche+es8 In a 4i o#al scene% Lou in#er ie3s a ho+eless +an% Ric' 5Ri Ah+ed7% $or #he o. o$ his assis#an#8 Though Ric' is 3ary o$ #he o.’s e#hics% he #a'es i# .ecause he has no source o$ inco+e8 Ric' is soon   ensnared in a +orally ;ues#iona.le sche+e .ecause o$ a .ru#al $ac# o$ A+erican li$e=#he need $or +oney8 Gilroy’s de elo4+en# o$ #he +orning ne3s anchor Nina’s co+4lica#ed charac#er $ur#her de elo4s  GREED AND VIOLENCE #he 3e. o$ co+4lici#y8 In her o$$ice% Nina #ells Lou #ha# -The s4iri# o$ 3ha# 3e air% is #hin'ing o$ our ne3scas# as a screa+ing 3o+an running do3n #he s#ree# 3i#h her #hroa# cu#/ 5Gilroy% )01%  448 )<78 !nli'e Lou% 3ho see+s 4sycho4a#hic% Nina’s dar' sense o$ hu+or i+4lies #ha# she is e+.arrassed .y her a+.i#ion $or high ra#ings8 Though Nina 3ould 4re$er a .e##er o.% she $eels una.le #o lea e% e en agreeing #o slee4 3i#h Lou 3hen he .lac'+ails her8 A$raid o$ .eing $ired again and des4era#e $or ra#ings% she con#inues #o .uy Lou*s grueso+e $oo#age8 (ha# Nina re;uires is clear: -I 3an# so+e#hing 4eo4le can*# #urn a3ay $ro+/ 5Gilroy% )01% 448 78 Al#hough i# +ay .e si+4le #o 4lace #he .la+e on Nina $or her cu##hroa#% callous% and se,ually  4ro+iscuous ac#ions% in #ru#h% #he ie3ers #he+sel es are co+4lici# in her +oral decline8 Nina’s co+4ro+ise $or econo+ic sur i al indic#s her ie3ers% 3ho rein$orce her ac#ions .y gi ing her ne3scas#s such high ra#ings8 In #he $il+’s cli+a,% Gilroy crea#es a 'ind o$ 4er erse a4o#heosis $or Lou% 3ho essen#ially #rans$or+s in#o one o$ #he cri+inals he $il+s8 As Lou cree4s around #he rich neigh.orhood o$ Granada Hills% he hears gunsho#s8 Ins#ead o$ calling #he 4olice% he chooses #o ideo#a4e a cri+e in 4rogress8 A$#er ideo#a4ing #hree cor4ses% Lou rushes #o Nina and 4roudly declares% -I’+ no# going #o lis# #he +any .ene$i#s o$ #his 4iece8 I #hin' i#’s .es# #ha# you 4ro.a.ly  us# 3a#ch i# $or yoursel$/ 5Gilroy% )01% 448 78 He is glee$ul #ha# he has ca4#ured a slaugh#er8 (ha# is s#ri'ing a.ou# #his scene is ho3 i# $eels al+os# ine i#a.le% gi en Lou’s callous ac#ions a# #he .eginning o$ #he $il+8 Gilroy uses Lou #o de+ons#ra#e #he 3ors# +oral co+4ro+ises .y 3hich ne3s agencies .ene$i# $ro+ #he su$$ering o$ o#hers8 In #he end% Gilroy’s +os# 4o3er$ul irony is #ha# #he charac#er +os# in need% Ric'% su$$ers #he +os# $ro+ Lou’s e,4loi#i e .usiness8 In #he $il+’s $inal +inu#es% Lou and Ric' arri e a# a cri+e scene a$#er an in#ense car chase8 Lou #ells Ric': -Le#’s go8 Ge# u4 #here and $il+ i#/
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