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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: Thriller, Crime drama

Production Co: Bold Films

Distributors: Open Road

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

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  • Yet, despite a mesmerizing performance by Gyllenhaal - he's as transfixing as a cobra in a snake charmer's dance - and a terrific turn by Riz Ahmed as an unskilled homeless kid Louis hires as his assistant, Nightcrawler doesn't quite have the satirical smarts that made "Network" a classic. show more

  • 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

  • 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

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Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
Nominated Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Supporting Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Writing (Original Screenplay)
Nominated Original Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)
Nominated Leading Actor
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2014)