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Nightcrawler (Dan Gilroy, 2014)

October 30, 2014

Nightcrawler

Screenwriter Dan Gilroy makes a ferocious directorial debut with Nightcrawler (which he also wrote), a unique hybrid of ghoulish comedy, L.A. noir, news media satire, and urban horror. Jake Gyllenhaal is blistering as Louis Bloom, a wiry, bug-eyed go-getter, and plausible descendant of The King of Comedy‘s Rupert Pupkin, except with a proclivity for messing with the maimed and deceased. Stumbling upon the world of nightcrawling, in which opportunistic freelancers film nocturnal crime or crash scenes to sell to the morning news, he blurs the line between scavenging observer and active participant. In the process he forms a relationship, both mutually beneficial and destructive, with a TV news veteran (Russo) eager to show whatever will horrify suburban viewers, so long as it helps her station’s fledgling ratings…

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