NIGHTCRAWLER is a pulse-pounding 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 thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story. – Open Road Films
Nightcrawler was one of those movies that I just kept hearing great things about but I never got around to seeing it in theaters. Then Nightcrawler pops up on what I like to call a gift from the gods, Netflix. I instantly added Nightcrawler to My List where it then just sat there for months until I finally watched it and boy am I glad I did.
Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom a likeable sociopath in the ranks of Patrick Bateman from American Psycho albeit a little less murder-y. The movie is written and directed by Dan Gilroy, it’s actually his directorial debut but you can’t tell from the film. Rene Russo, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmend make up the supporting cast and they are great as well. Bill Paxton plays Joe Loder, Louis’ rival and inspiration in nightcrawling and he is just great he is so good at playing the guy you love to hate, to put it simply he plays a good asshole. Riz Ahmend plays Rick, Louis’ “intern” and he was funny added some comic relief. Rene Russo is Nina Romina, she’s a dedicated morning news director for a local station and she’ll do whatever it takes for ratings.
I kept hearing about this movie but I never knew what it was about. The name itself really made me question what it was. It’s such an eerie name, I figured it was a horror movie or something but it works here, because Nightcrawler is eerie. I really liked this movie, it’s a nice dark thriller with some laughs. This was one of those movies were it really kept you on the edge of your seat. The cinematography is great especially at night where a lot of the film takes place as you can guess. For the most of these movie I had no idea where it was going or what Louis was trying to do, but then the ending. It really all came together, a nice little shock. Totally worth it. I would certainly watch this movie again and if it wasn’t so readily available on Netflix I would probably buy it.
I give Nightcrawler a 7 out of 10, would watch again.