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- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Language : English
- Parcel Dimensions : 18.03 x 13.76 x 1.48 cm; 81.65 Grams
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- Director : Dan Gilroy
- Media Format : NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 58 minutes
- Release date : Feb. 10 2015
- Actors : Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton
- Dubbed: : French
- Subtitles: : English, French
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : Universal Studios Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B00P2QNXFG
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,071 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
- Customer Reviews:
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 journalism. 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 and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou thrives. In the breakneck, ceaseless search for footage, he becomes the star of his own story.
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he’s been a subject of some time or another, being hounded by the paparazzi hiding in bushes or
jumping over your home fence to get anything that can be used for sale to the highest bidder,
he really showcase a man that’s desperate an down on his last dime, that will do almost anything
as he is to find out what it takes to survive in a world you either succumb to it’s realty or suffer the
life of being homeless, an how quickly that would come to realty, Great movie,
“Jake Gyllenhaal Is Very Underrated From Critics...Don’t Know Why..
Top reviews from other countries
Los Angeles feels equally divided between the soft ethereal skies and harsh emergency & neon lights – providing the perfect setting for this equally bipolar character. More generally, the film’s beautifully shot and put together – with several very intense, heart-racing moments of genuine tension. It also serves up a thick layer of social commentary and (bleak black comedy) leaving you to judge who’s the worst – the guy filming it, the news broadcasting it, the people watching it… or you for enjoying this?
Despite being overlooked at awards season I couldn’t recommend this enough; great performances, well-crafted, entertaining, shocking and thought-provoking – Nightcrawler has it all.
We watched this film with 2 friends, and at the end, the unanimous verdict was 'Brilliant!'.
I have read on this site, a 1 Star review saying that the 'film is brilliant but you will hate the characters', so hence the reviewer gives only 1 Star. Ummh, yes, the reviewer is absolutely right, on both counts re the film and characters. BUT! The film and it's excoriating commentary on the ambulance-chasing, rubber-necking, intrusive system of American local news, IS indeed BRILLIANT. The characters are mostly APPALLING, because they are party to this system, making, or trying to make, big bucks from it. The few who are uncomfortable, squeamish or revolted by the spectacles filmed and by the behaviour of their colleagues, are too 'frit' to fight back and try to stop it. The system is entrenched into the culture.
But this is what makes it all SUCH a good film. It is looking at the ghastly people who carry out this profession, either as cameramen or TV production staff, the bosses chasing ratings (better ratings=better advertising=bigger profits), and of course, by extension, the American public, who want to be titivated by gore with their 'eggs over easy', at 6am. It is showing how the news is bent to create a more news-worthy headline. It is showing how those involved will sail close to the wind legally, and way beyond it morally, to get the nastiest, bloodiest titbits. It really is a broadside, fired at the TV stations and the American public.
In addition to the huge moral impact of the film, the acting is superb. Jake Gyllenhaal is quite the nastiest Sociopath on film in a while ~ skinny, wide-eyed and articulate. Rene Russo positively dribbles with desire over the gory films he delivers. And the wonderful British actor, Riz Ahmed, is brilliant as the desperate but still decent patsy hired by Gyllenhaal. LA also looks good; the filming is excellent, immediate and action-packed.
This is a wonderful film, though not an easy watch. You will be aghast and slightly sickened by what ensues. But this is worth 5 Stars, beyond doubt.
He plays Lou Bloom, an odd fellow who appears to find his calling in life one night after stumbling across a traffic accident and observes a freelance film crew filing the aftermath and arranging to sell it to a news station. One stolen bike and quick trade for a police scanner and camera later and our boy is up and running as a "nightcrawler" chasing through the LA night looking for newsworthy crimes/accidents and their bloody aftermath.
Gyllenhaal is in almost every scene and carries the load exceptionally well in an oddball role, embodying a repellent but strangely intriguing character. There's an interesting supporting cast of characters such as confrontational fellow nightcrawler Bill Paxton, slightly sleazy TV exec Rene Russo and whiney but sympathetic assistant Riz Ahmed.
Things build steadily as Lou slips further into this new lifestyle before a game changing happening amps things up and sends us racing towards the endgame. It's all shot rather stylishly and the LA streets come to life during the endless nights. There's the odd turn in the plot to keep things interesting and some real urgency in the latter stages, building to the conclusion. Overall, a slightly odd but compelling film and well worth a look.