Nightcrawler

Dir: Dan Gilroy

USA

117

15

Jake Gyllenhaal is lean and hungry in this lurid thriller, a study of the pulpy world of underground L. A. crime journalism, and the directorial debut of screenwriter Dan Gilroy.

Finding a group of freelance camera crews who “nightcrawl” – that is to say, come out at night to film crashes, murders and assorted violence and sell their gruesome footage to local TV stations – Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) soon muscles in on the dangerous and morally dubious world of vigilante journalism, where each police siren equals a possible payday.

Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the scene, he thrives. Ruthless in his quest to get to the stop, he inevitably crosses ethical lines – when a scene isn’t gory enough, he’ll happily rearrange it to suit – seeming not to care how this affects the evidence.

A deeply satisfying modern noir with a superb performance from Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler is a fantastically compelling watch.

Booking Information

Distributor

Entertainment One UK Ltd.

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