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Nightcrawler (2014)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 ... Sharon Tay
Rick Garcia Rick Garcia ... Rick Garcia
Leah Fredkin ... Female Anchor
Bill Seward ... Bill Seward
Rick Chambers 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The City Shines Brightest at Night See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Primicia mortal See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,900,000, 1 November 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,381,218

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,334,418
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Dan Gilroy considered a backstory that would help explain how Lou Bloom became the amoral and damaged "survivor" he was in the film. However, he ultimately cut the entire idea from his script because he didn't want to either spend a lot of time on Lou's origin or make him very sympathetic. See more »

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The camera does a full view around the red car as Lou is chasing the police cars. The V8 exhaust engine sound is heard when the camera is at the front of the car and not the back. See more »

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Lou Bloom: I like to say that if you're seeing me, you're having the worst day of your life.
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ELIMINATE THE NIGHT
Written by Joan Osborne
Performed by Joan Osborne
Courtesy of Direct Holdings Americans, Inc.
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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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