Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

Dan Gilroy (2013)

112min
15 Certificate
Fri 28 Feb 10:30pm - 12:45am RTÉ2
HD SUB
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Review

Our Score
On the surface, director Dan Gilroy's feature debut is a state-of-the-nation address that uses California - with its lurid early-morning news reports covering car crashes, homicides and shoot-outs - as the rest of the USA in microcosm. However, at its heart, this dark and entertaining neo-noir is a fascinating character study, with a dramatically skinny Jake Gyllenhaal as its antihero, the smart, calculating and possibly sociopathic Louis Bloom. A loner searching for work, Bloom sees his chance when he spots a freelance news crew combing the streets of LA. Investing in a camera, he starts his own career as a video journalist, selling his wares to Nina (Rene Russo), manager of a local TV station. As Bloom's media empire takes off, ethics quickly fall by the wayside, and Nightcrawler begins to reveal itself as a modern morality tale. The nightmares that Bloom is selling are immaterial; what terrifies more is the cut-throat corporate culture that so willingly pays him - and pats him on the back.

Summary

Premiere. A cynical petty crook is inspired when he sees a freelance camera crew, and decides to go into business filming crime scenes and accidents, then selling the footage to news broadcasters. His determination to stay ahead of the competition leads him down a dark path as his methods become increasingly ruthless. Crime drama, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and Bill Paxton. Every 30 minutes from 6.00am.

Cast & Crew

Louis Bloom Jake Gyllenhaal
Nina Romina Rene Russo
Rick Rizwan Ahmed
Joe Loder Bill Paxton
Frank Kruse Kevin Rahm
Detective Frontieri Michael Hyatt
Linda Ann Cusack
Detective Lieberman Price Carson
Jackie Kathleen York
Jenny Carolyn Gilroy
Desiree Viviana Chavez
Scratchface Chad Guerrero
Reporter Deena Rain Lisa Remillard
Reporter Joel Beatty Christopher Wolfe
Bill Seward Bill Seward
Director Dan Gilroy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 31 Oct 2014
Drama