When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

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Dan Gilroy

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Dan Gilroy
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Jake Gyllenhaal ... Louis Bloom
Michael Papajohn ... Security Guard
Marco Rodríguez ... Scrapyard Owner (as Marco Rodriguez)
Bill Paxton ... Joe Loder
James Huang ... Marcus Mayhem Video
Kent Shocknek ... Kent Shocknek
Pat Harvey Pat Harvey ... Pat Harvey
Sharon Tay ... Sharon Tay
Rick Garcia ... Rick Garcia
Leah Fredkin ... Female Anchor
Bill Seward Bill Seward ... Bill Seward
Rick Chambers ... KWLA Anchor Ben Waterman
Holly Hannula Holly Hannula ... KWLA Anchor Lisa Mays
Jonny Coyne ... Pawn Shop Owner
Nick Chacon Nick Chacon ... Cop #1
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NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Written by Open Road Films

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The closer you look the darker it gets. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence including graphic images, and for language | See all certifications »

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The red car Jake Gyllenhaal drives in the second half of the film is a 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8. He starts off driving a Toyota Tercel. See more »

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Most scrapyards will flat-out refuse chain link fence scrap. It messes up the machinery they use to compact and bundle the scrap. Since it doesn't yield much weight for its size, and its material is of low value to begin with, most (all) scrapyards will expressly forbid it. (Stolen or not). Also manhole covers are almost impossible to sell or else they'd all be missing. One slip up there and a junkyard can lose their license and they wont risk that for 20lbs of scrap. See more »

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Lou Bloom: A friend is a gift you give yourself
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Though hardly perceivable, the moon continues to rise as credits roll. See more »

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Written by David Hewson (as Dave Hewson) and Johnny Pearson
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Crossing the Line Through Sheer Ambition
2 November 2014 | by FilmMuscleSee all my reviews

Whereas Gone Girl explored the wild misconceptions and dangerous influence of the media, Nightcrawler explores another even more corrupted facet of the entity's nature: shamelessly capitalizing on the popularity of crime television—violence, murder, blood, gunshots. The program's ratings continue heightening along with the network's desire for even more thrilling footage. Nightcrawler follows Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he climbs up the ladder of success and builds a career through rash ambition. Lacking a formal education and adequate work experience, he's truly a victim of the unfair modern job market/unemployment. So, he says "screw it" and takes matters into his own hands, acting with sheer desperation and eagerness to reach that level of power and affluence America so often glorifies.

After personally witnessing a car accident on the freeway as snooping reporters close in, the scene lights a fire inside Louis and inspires him to give the job a try. Soon afterwards, he purchases a camcorder and a radio scanner, persistently discovering new crime scenes to capture on tape as intimately as he possibly can. Thus, his extensive coverage grabs the attention of a morning news channel, and a special relationship forms therein: a consistent supply of new gruesome/entertaining crime footage for an increasing sum of money. As we see the frightening lengths Louis is willing to strive towards in order to prove himself as a proficient workingman and elevate his value above and beyond, this grave thriller intermittently surprises us with effectively mocking twisted humor, but the incredibly deranged human psychology on display keeps us startled and tense throughout regardless.

Gyllenhaal arguably gives the absolute best performance of his career in a role that substantially differentiates from his earlier work. His creepy, relaxed composure hides the true inner scariness and ferocity. Publicly, Louis is a professional, polite, and upstanding citizen who's just looking to work hard. Privately, he violently yells in front of a mirror until he shatters it, as well as blackmails a TV news director to further his career. Rene Russo also impresses as the morning news director—almost as daring in her lust for more provocative violent imagery—who's beguiled by this eccentric and only (mistakenly) fuels Louis' psychotic drive. In addition, Riz Ahmed's Rick serves as Louis' gullible, clueless "employee" who just wants to escape the dispiriting state of homelessness and finally earn a living, completely unaware of the perilous and unethical situations he'll be cast in along his employer's selfishly ruthless path.

This isn't the kind of film whose quality solely relies on a central performance because the narrative is just as cruelly gripping. Unfortunately, the film industry is stocked with so many safe crowdpleasers and compromising thrillers that it's wholly refreshing to see these uncompromisingly grim, chilling psychological character studies occasionally pop up. The film becomes more morally repulsive and disturbing as it proceeds while the satire on the American Dream and merciless ambition becomes that much more brutal. Nightcrawler is deeply unsettling as well as it is honest in its portrayal—Los Angeles is actually the perfect setting, beautifully shot in its alluring and deceptive nighttime scenery. After all, it is probably the #1 destination for the unrelentingly audacious and reckless individuals of the nation in search of a prosperous career.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightcrawler See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,441,000, 2 November 2014

Gross USA:

$32,381,217

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,398,992
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2.35 : 1
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