Jake Gyllenhaal stars at Louis Bloom, the creepiest guy in L.A., who falls into the world of being a freelance news stringer. Taking the phrase “if it bleeds, it leads” to the logical extreme in this movie, as the relentless Louis Bloom, Gyllenhaal’s character has an almost sociopathic drive. Rene Russo plays the news producer that eggs him on and then eventually lives to regret it.

You’re not going to be blown away by the plot here, but the tension feels very real and Gyllenhaal’s performance is pretty hypnotic. You get the feeling that you don’t know what’s going to happen next, kind of the same vibe you get from DeNiro in Taxi Driver. Louis Bloom is damaged, but he’s also a master manipulator and he makes short work of Bill Paxton’s character, a rival stringer.

I couldn’t stop watching, but this movie probably isn’t for everyone. I recommend you rent it now that it’s on Comcast On-Demand.