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Nightcrawler is a pulse-pounding thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling—where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars. Aided by Nina (Rene Russo), a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Restless, visually sleek, and powered by a lithe star performance from Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler offers dark, thought-provoking thrills.
San Diego Reader
A gritty urban comedy noir, a scathing, Network-worthy disembowelment of television newsgatherers...
June 25, 2017
Crashes and crime scenes are his bread and butter. He is driven. He is innovative. He is happy. He...
June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Violent but thoughtful thriller about the state of media.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Nightcrawler is a crime drama/thriller about an outcast who finds he has a calling filming gory footage for the TV news -- and ends up going to extreme lengths in pursuit of his "talent." There's strong violence -- including shootings, car crashes, blood, and dead bodies -- but the most disturbing thing is the callous, cold nature with which it's all filmed. Language includes multiple uses of "f--k" and a few uses of "s--t." Sex comes up when the lead character negotiates sexual favors with a woman he likes; nothing is shown, but it's referred to. Despite the strong content, older teens might find the film thought provoking -- and come away with some interesting, relevant questions and ideas about the nature of news and the media.
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- Genre:Drama, Thriller
- Release Date:October 31, 2014
- Highest Available for Purchase:HD