Demolition is another movie demonstrating Jake Gyllenhaal's amazing range as an actor and just like those other movies, many people will not be aware of this movie due to its inability to captivate the main movie goer audience. It seems to be a reoccurring trend for Jake Gyllenhaal's movies to be undiscovered gems, at least to the people that enjoy them. This is where that audience disconnect originates from, the movies are so potent when conveying their ideas that for some people its over bearing. This movie doesn't hold its punches, it wants you to deal with everything that it throws at you without waiting for you to process what it has given you.
This would be an interesting form of storytelling if it had been more efficiently done. Since the movie wants to not only tell you the main story, literally up to the very last moment, but it also shoe horns in three subplots. The movie fires everything it has at you which makes it impossible to give each plot the time it needs to resonate with the audience. Its a shame because each subplot is critical to see the growth within the main character and his relationship with the people around him.
If you were to compare this movie to Night Crawler, one of Jake Gyllenhaal's best performances, it is a far cry. The thing that gets in the way of this movie being the next Night Crawler is how the story was told, which is a like a paradox because it needed that story telling for the movie to be as good as it was.
The biggest thing that hindered the movie were the questions that it posed for the simple fact of there not being answers. You can argue that you don't need the answers you desire because that was not the point of the movie, but it still would have been nice to get answers. Especially since the biggest burning question comes from one of the biggest reveal/surprises the movie tosses in your direction. In the end, it is a movie that is worth seeing for Jake Gyllenhaal but for not much else.