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Synopsis:
Down on his luck Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) stumbles upon the dangerous, cut-throat world of underground world of freelance crime journalism - discovering that filming murder and mayhem can be a quick way to make a buck. Aided by Nina (Rene Russo), a ruthless veteran of TV news, Lou combs LA's seedy underbelly for the city's most sensational news footage. He soon discovers he's uniquely suited to his new job, but events begin to spiral out of control as one dark choice leads to another.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal
Writers:
Dan Gilroy
Others:
John Gilroy
Studio:
E1 Entertainment
Genres:
Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/03/2015
Run Time:
113 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Dan Gilroy, Tony Gilroy and John Gilroy
  • Behind the Scenes
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/03/2015
Run Time:
117 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.40:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Audio Commentary with Dan Gilroy, Tony Gilroy and John Gilroy
  • Behind the Scenes

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Reviews (14) of Nightcrawler

Spoilers follow ... - Nightcrawler review by NP

Spoiler Alert
01/12/2016

The most horrific aspect of this film – and it is terrifying – is the fact that the main thrust of the storyline is not too far from the truth. The media, its lack of morals and sympathy for victims of crime, is attacked on no uncertain terms through the career trajectory of Louis Bloom, a small time criminal who has aspirations of success. Also included within the story’s framework is how the career options of someone from ‘the wrong side of town’ are only pursued with the aid of superhuman cruelty and lack of regard for others.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Bloom brilliantly, with piercingly wide-eyed intensity and a staccato delivery of lines of dialogue restricted to only the bare bones of the subject in hand, his intent and the likely outcome of his endeavours. Every conversation is presented as a last-minute business deal, like that of an eternal car salesman unable to switch off, but on a grand scale. Every intricately constructed audacity is accompanied by a wide smile, either of arrogance or warmth – either way, it is hugely disarming. Writer and Director Dan Gilroy has said that Lou exhibits all the traits of a sociopath, and is on the autism and Asperger’s spectrum, although nothing is ever addressed or specified. Instead, it is deliberately left to the audience to work out reasons for his manic social behaviour.

Employing the homeless Rick (Riz Ahmed), he hacks into police radio messages to gain access to crimes the moment they have happened – the bloodier the better – and films the results. Then he presents his footage to hard-nosed mogul, Nina, with whom he very logically points out he would like to have a relationship. She finds Lou’s complete lack of humanity appealing, and the footage he provides ensures they both appear to have a successful partnership, career-wise – but utilising methods so heartless, even seen-it-all-before Detective Frontieri (Michael Hyatt) is appalled. But Lou’s methods are so blatant and meticulous, she cannot do anything about him – he and his activities are, as it were, hiding in plain sight.

When Nina eventually gives into Lou’s ‘charms’, she accepts his employment opportunity and promotion almost as a sexual, spiritual thing, cementing not only his illustrious future, but hers as well, personally and (most importantly) as a business proposition. That the film ends with Lou and Nine thriving in their appalling way of providing news stories at the expense of anything approaching empathy, is telling indeed, and markedly close to the truth of such things.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Not for the faint hearted - Nightcrawler review by BE

Spoiler Alert
18/12/2015

Not usually my movie genre but watched on recommendation. Glad I did. Jake Gyllenhaal becomes Louis Bloom (the main character), giving a very noteworthy performance as a morally vacuous man cashing in on the blood thirsty deaths of his fellow human beings. JG obviously lost a lot of weight for this role thus enhancing his features as the sinister character he is. Very good.

3 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Great Alternative Movie - Nightcrawler review by CG

Spoiler Alert
09/03/2016

This is a great alternative movie to the usual Hollywood drivel out there.

Almost like an indie movie.

Quirky and darkly comic, JG delivers an unusual character with no morals out seeking his fortune in this business.

Recommended.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Nightcrawler review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler is a twisted journey of one man’s ascension into a world of scum. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, a desperate and devious individual smart enough to cheat the system for some cash. If he had a better sense of morality, he could become a legitimate success, but the seedy world of invasive crime scene photography was just far too glamorous. Strolling past a car crash with a cameraman poking his lense into the faces of the victims and paramedics, he knows at that exact moment what he wants to do with his life. Absolutely nothing will stop him in his quest for news footage fame no matter the cost fiscally, legally or morally.

Lou wastes no time researching a means of entering into the news capturing industry. He quickly pawns some stolen merchandise to acquire a camera and police scanner to get in on the action. He faces some stiff competition with a veteran of filming violence for the news played by Bill Paxton. Learning the limitations of the game, Lou begins making calculated and efficient moves to become the top dog of selling videos. He hires an intern with GPS so that he can focus on speedily getting to the crime scenes first. He slowly starts negotiating his fees with the station until it appears as though Lou is running a legitimate video production company. But with his competition having multiple cars and better equipment, Lou ends up taking a less legal route of shooting more exclusives. He sneaks into crime scenes, tracks down leads on potential criminals and keeps crucial evidence from the police so that he can arrive at an incident before it even happens.

Jake Gyllenhaal gives a frighteningly effective performance as an analytical madman. This is a man who knows exactly what he wants and hardly ever lets emotions get in the way or even show them. At one point he attempts to sexually pursue a news station director, but doesn’t even waste time trying to woo her with romantic words. He wants to sleep with this woman and literally attempts to negotiates his way into the relationship as if it were a business transaction. The few times we actually see him show some signs of humanity is when he becomes overly frustrated with his intern or starts slipping in his work. In a private moment, he screams in his bathroom mirror and smashes it to pieces. Later on when Bill Paxton’s character tries to coax the up-and-coming cameraman into joining his crew, Lou calmly states how he wants to beat down this man for bothering him with such a prospect. Lou has the calm face for people of the lunatic that dwells within.

What’s even more shocking than Lou’s behavior is how he’s actually one step ahead of other smarmy individuals. The world he delves into is filled with directors who will put anything on television for ratings, cameramen who will chew each other out like dogs and pushy investigators who watch the news people like hawks. And Lou has the brains to play every single one of them like a fiddle. He knows every trick in the book to get what he wants and narrowly avoids being prosecuted with every dangerous turn he takes. His timing is incredible as he seems to know when to start calling the shots on his fees, when to call the cops and when to conceal evidence.

The final thrill of Nightcrawler isn’t the expected conclusion that the character dies by his own sword, but that he actually gets away with it all. Every lie, deception and immoral choice he makes is crafted just finely enough so that it won’t come back to bite him. What’s so striking about this performance is that Gyllenhaal’s character never displays the fear of his very dangerous job. He witnesses first hand that those involved with this scene can easily be injured or murdered in the line of duty. At which point, you are fair game for another cameraman to get in your dying face. Even after witnessing this twice with people he knew, Lou continues his sleazy methods to get the best and bloodiest footage on television.

This type of character may face a horrible death in the future relating to his business, but he’s intelligent enough to survive longer than most intriguing movie-centric villains that rise and fall. This is a film all about the rise with no bloody shootout or going down in flames. We’ve seen that story before, but I’ve never seen a movie this intriguing that has enough faith to let the bad guy get away with his deeds. In a strange way, you want to see him succeed because he’s just so darn good at manipulating others. This is one of Gyllenhaal’s best performances of his career and certainly one of the most mesmerizing movies of the year.

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