Though this film was well received, critics missed the boat on this incisive genre gem (thriller). Even the (Academy award nominated) screenwriter/firsttime director Dan Gilroy did not realize what he had wrought. Seen as a good effort to expose the cynicism of lurid tele-journalism, the film actually literalizes the tropes of labor under the regime of neo-liberalism. An ambitious Gyllenhall, seeking a calling for his considerable (and amoral) talents, demonstrates all the entrepreneurial daring the modern economy putatively rewards, learning his “trade” online and applying his internet-acquired business expertise with brilliant if startling panache. At once naïve and manipulative, Gyllenhall embraces the idea that all human relations are defined by the cash nexus. The victor must constantly assess market value and negotiate price with the strength that knowledge provides. An Horatio Alger for our times.
Screenings take place on Friday evenings at 6:00 pm. $4 suggested donation. Space is limited! Light refreshments served before each screening.
Take the 1 or R to Rector St.; 2-3 or 4-5 to Wall St.; J-Z to Broad St. or the A-C to Fulton St. Near the PATH train & buses. Call for directions, (212) 354-1252.