Nightcrawler Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 191

Average Rating: 3.3/4

# of Ratings: 137

Theatrical Release Date: 10/31/2014

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 02/10/2015

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Dan Gilroy

Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, Ann Cusack, Anne McDaniels, Kevin Rahm

Plot: A down and out young man, desperate for work, stumbles upon the seedy underworld of L.A.'s crime journalism. The break-neck pace is all about being the first on the scene - murder, accidents, fires, mayhem - and selling the gratuitous footage to the local news stations. But the better he gets, the more likely he is going to become the next story... -- Chris Kavan

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/03/2019

Not always as thrilling as it should be, but it has broad performances, an intriguing storyline, and an eyeopening message about the media.

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Rod - wrote on 10/15/2017

An amazing story with an amazing protagonist-antagonist character well-acted by the amazing Jake Gyllenhaal. I just had some issues with direction. But that's fine, still a good watch, didn't bore me at least.

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Amy - wrote on 08/10/2015

Liked this more than I expected to -- the critique of TV news felt weirdly dated, but Gyllenhaal was convincingly creepy and yet fun to watch. LA, dark and slick and neon-lit, was visually appealing too.

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Good, but a few ethical issues linger

Evan Wheatley - wrote on 10/21/2016

Local news stations live and die by the ratings. Whether it’s the royal wedding or a high-speed chase, reporters toil around the clock for the next big story that will increase the viewership and advertising revenue of their stations. When however, does the next big story cease to be news? “Nightcrawler” highlights the broad line between good journalism and morbid entertainment, and what can happen when that line is crossed.

Despite being credited as the film’s lead, there is no trace of Jake Gyllenhaal in “Nightcrawler.” Losing 30 pounds to play the part, Gyllenhaal immerses himself into the role of petty thief Lou Bloom both physically and psychologically.

From the opening shots of the film, you can tell that something is off about Bloom. After stealing chain …

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Einzelgänger - wrote on 03/15/2016

Nightcrawler ist die Geschichte eines Amateur Kameramanns, der ein kleines, aber erfolgreiches Geschäftsmodell erfindet, jeden täuschend und manipulierend, der ihm im Weg steht. Vom ehemaligen Kameramann Robert Elswit lernen wir, wie ein Soziopath zum Jedermann werden kann. Es ist das Portrait eines gestörten, grenzüberschreitenden Einzelgängers. Nightcrawler ist aber auch eine blutige Medien-Satire von Format! Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) wird Zeuge eines Autounfalls. Er sieht, wie ein Reporter (Bill Paxton) die Rettung des verletzten Fahrers filmt. Die Aufnahme läuft am nächsten Morgen im Frühstücksfernsehen. Lou kauft sich also eine Kamera und zieht damit durch die Nacht als "freischaffender Journalist" mit dem Polizeifunk im Ohr. Er filmt Unfälle, Mord und Raub, um es …

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In the end we are all a bit like Lou ...

ikkegoemikke - wrote on 04/22/2015

"My motto is if you want to win the lottery you've got to make money to get a ticket."

What a brilliant performance by Gyllenhaal in this rather morbid and exciting thriller. At times I was wondering whether it was meant to be amusing and jokingly or that it was intended to be presented as a serious and shocking story. Judging from my own chuckling at times and disbelief about what was being shown, I could only conclude that ultimately it was a mix of both. And it's masterly portrayed by Gyllenhaal, the chameleon of Hollywood and someone I do appreciate very much as an actor. After his appearance in "Prisoners" (which was an exceptionally exciting film) and the arty movie "Enemy" (as a story it was not my cup of tea, but in terms of performances it was again a success) just like …

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