November 28th, 2014



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When Lou Bloom, a driven 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. Aiding him in his effort is Nina, a TV-news veteran.

Release Year: 2014

Rating: 8.3/10 (15,437 voted)

Critic's Score: 76/100

Director: Dan Gilroy

Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles.

Jake Gyllenhaal - Louis Bloom
Michael Papajohn - Security Guard
Marco Rodríguez - Scrapyard Owner
Bill Paxton - Joe Loder
James Huang - Marcus Mayhem Video
Kent Shocknek - Kent Shocknek
Pat Harvey - Pat Harvey
Sharon Tay - Sharon Tay
Rick Garcia - Rick Garcia
Leah Fredkin - Female Anchor
Bill Seward - Bill Seward
Rick Chambers - KWLA Anchor Ben Waterman
Holly Hannula - KWLA Anchor Lisa Mays
Jonny Coyne - Pawn Shop Owner
Nick Chacon - Cop #1

Taglines: The City Shines Brightest at Night


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Country: USA

Language: English

Release Date: 31 October 2014

Filming Locations: Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,441,000 (USA) (31 October 2014)

Gross: $19,618,437 (USA) (7 November 2014)

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User Review


Rating: 10/10

Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is adrift. He is stealing copper wire to live. He's a scavenger, basically, but he's bright and he's a quick study and he's curious about things, and when he stumbles onto an accident and watches a camera crew led by a noxious wise-ass (Bill Paxton) shoot the victim and the burning car, he has an epiphany. He asks Paxton who he works for, and learns that Paxton's a freelancer, someone who shoots the video, then sells it to the local news. He is constantly roaming, listening to police scanners, trying to get to the scene before any one else. Bloom's hooked immediately. Something about the idea seems to speak to him on a chemical level.

He buys a cheap video camera and a cheap scanner and he starts to try to do it himself, and sure enough, once he starts to do it, he seems to have a knack for it. He establishes a business relationship with the graveyard shift news director for a local station, selling her footage for the morning news. Nina (Russo) is cynical to begin with, only interested in blood and guts, and once Bloom's got the scent, he seems to have an unnerving ability to get right up in the gore.There's a good chunk of the film that's simply about how Bloom begins to learn to navigate this nighttime world of murder and car accidents and stabbings and fires. He hires a homeless guy named Rick (played by Riz Ahmed, who was so great in "Four Lions") to be his ride-along "intern," to listen to the scanner and man the GPS as Bloom drives, and little by little, the two of them start to get really good.

Telling you any more than that would be criminal. Suffice it to say that those who gaze into the abyss better be worried about what's looking back. That almost makes it sound like Gilroy's made a morality play, but "Nightcrawler" is darker and weirder than that, more interested in studying Bloom, who is a fascinating character as written and as played. One of the things I really loved about the film is the photography by the amazing Robert Elswit. As Bloom gets better and better at his job, he starts to talk about composition and framing and he starts to care about how his footage looks, and Elswit's eye is a big part of what makes the film work. It is an aggressively beautiful film, and easily the best visual representation of Los Angeles at night since Michael Mann's "Collateral." There is a particular sort of sodium yellow that the film is drenched in, and it made me feel like I was standing on Hollywood Boulevard at 2:30 in the morning. I could smell the city. Elswit practically gives a performance in the film, his work is so essential to why it works.The film plays with tension beautifully, and there are a few set pieces that I think are all-timers. One involves a home in the hills, and the other involves a Chinese restaurant, and both of them are exceptional in the way they manage to wrap theme and character and suspense together. There's not an ounce of fat on the film. It gets in, it tells the story as well as it possibly can, and it cuts out perfectly. This is ultimately a story about the strange dance that evolves between Nina and Bloom, and it's the best role Russo's had in years. His brother, Tony Gilroy, made his directorial debut with "Michael Clayton," and in both cases, these guys are making smart, grown-up movies that have these haunting qualities that make them special. I think "Nightcrawler" is something special, uncompromising, and I'm excited to see how other people feel when they slip into the violent, seedy, scary world it creates.


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