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
Director Dan Gilroy on the impetus for the film: "I think to some degree it's certainly an indictment of local television news, but I'd like to cast a wider net in the sense that all of us really watch these images. I would hope that maybe a viewer would take it further and maybe go, 'Why do I watch these images and how many of these images do I want to put into my own spirit?'" See more »
All television stations (especially during the day) are on total lock-down as they practice high security measures. Way higher security measures are practiced at night when stations practice even stricter security measures such as very high chain link fences with barbs and concertina wire, password protected entrance gates and doors. It is totally inconceivable that "Lou Bloom" (Jake Gyllenhaal) would be able to just walk off the street and into the station without these serious obstacles and just walk in and through the newsroom without being challenged. See more »
You saw him. You saw him!
I can't jeopardize my company's success to retain an untrustworthy employee.
You're crazy. You're crazy.
You took my bargaining power Rick. You used it against me. You would've done it again. Just admit it.
I don't know. I don't know.
I know. I know.
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Jake G's Blinks in Prisoners are Only Rivaled by the Weaslely Grin In Nightcrawler
This movie was both fun and terrifying. Jake Gyllenhaal's performance as Lou Bloom will certainly frighten you. He is brilliant when paired with the amazing monologue style rants written for him.
Lou Bloom is a driven man reminiscent of a sociopath who finds he has a talent as "nightcrawling" in that he takes videos of true crimes as they are happening to be broadcast on the news. His motivation and seeming lack of empathy allow him to break through and take the controversial images, and sell them with a strong aptitude for negotiation.
As a character, he grows more and more "motivated" and seems to learn his business in such a way to bring him amazing success, but to the determinant, perhaps, of his assistant and the victims of these crimes.
The writer/ director of this movie (making his directorial debut) certainly understands fear and comedy. The simplest scene was made into a laugh by the angles and cuts.
It's funny, and enjoyable, but still terrifying enough to feel like a real horror thriller.
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