• Nightcrawler (2014)

Nightcrawler

Release Date: October 31st, 2014

DVD Release Date: February 10th, 2015

R |1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary

Los Angeles denizen Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) survives by scavenging and petty theft. He stumbles into a new career as a cameraman and -- armed with a camcorder and police scanner -- begins nocturnal forays across the city in search of shocking and grisly crimes. When he catches the eye of a shopworn news director (Rene Russo) who welcomes the chance to raise her station's ratings, Louis goes to increasingly greater lengths to catch the "money shot."

Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed, Ann Cusack, Kevin Rahm, Michael Hyatt, Viviana Chavez

Director: Dan Gilroy

Genres: Crime drama , Thriller

Production Co: Bold Films

Distributors: Open Road

Keywords: 2010s, Temptation, Intense, Brooding, Car, Dark, Friend, Los Angeles, Pursuit, Office, Police station

Ratings & Reviews

  • 85
    Inkoo KangTheWrap

    The dramatic weight loss Gyllenhaal endured for the role, which transforms his dreamboat looks into a bat-like mask, is startling. But the actor's performance is just as impressive, nimbly selling Gilroy's occasionally overwritten lines while Louis’ punishing optimism finds new gradations of sadism and rage. Nightcrawler is the arrival of a thrilling character actor. show more

  • 70
    Jordan MintzerThe Hollywood Reporter

    Like his erratic protagonist, Gilroy doesn’t always know when to settle down or call it quits, and the film’s constant shifts of tone can grow tiring, even if the action as a whole never gets boring. show more

  • 100
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Mr. Gyllenhaal’s startling portrayal is far from the only distinction in this impeccably crafted feature film. Mr. Gilroy’s directorial debut connects its hero’s tacit madness to the larger craziness of a broadcast medium that teaches vast numbers of viewers to live with a false sense of insecurity. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2015)
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015)