Nightcrawler (2014) – Jake Gyllenhaal goes Nuts as a Crime Reporter!


Nightcrawler is a thriller set in the world of crime reporting. A desperate young man looking for work stumbles upon a job, but only if he can get to crime scenes before the police.

The story sounds pretty darn intense. The young guy is named Lou Bloom, and he’s trying to make it big. He’s a hardworker and really wants to get something going in his life. He starts filming car crash aftermaths, seeing some pretty gruesome stuff, and looks for ever bigger and badder footage. He wants to see some truly horrific things, because those are the things that make him the most money. But does he start staging crimes? Does he have information he’s withholding from the police so he can get to the scenes of many murders first?

You’re damn right he does. The question is if he starts committing the crimes himself.


Nightcrawler comes from writer/director Dan Gilroy, who last wrote The Bourne Legacy, but also wrote Real Steel, The Fall and Chasers. He hasn’t done a whole lot of directing just yet, but he’s certainly written a fair number of films. Not bad.


Nightcrawler Trailer

Nightcrawler Release Date

October 31, 2014.

Who’s In It?

Jake Gyllenhaal . . . Lou Bloom
Rene Russo . . . Nina 
Bill Paxton
Kevin Rahm . . . Frank
Ann Cusack . . . Linda 

What’s Good About It?

Nightcrawler has a pretty good cast, with Jake Gyllenhaal taking on the lead role, but Rene Russo proving she’s still got it along with Bill Paxton, who pretty much also does a great job. There’s definitely a fair bit of talent here. Add in a creepy character and the interesting world of crime reporting and you have the trappings of a solid film.

What’s Bad About It?

I don’t have any real negatives right now for Nightcrawler, but I suppose it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.

Our Clever Prediction

Nightcrawler has a good trailer, cast and intense looking story. I think there’s every chance it’ll surprise people and make a bit of money, thought I highly doubt it’ll make a whole ton of money.