Nightcrawler movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a psychopathic man who begins making money by taking footage of graphic crime scenes for news stories. Even strong words such as “entertaining” and “captivating” aren’t enough to describe this great thriller.


Louis Bloom, a psychopathic con man and petty thief desperate for work, discovers that he can easily make profit from photographing and recording graphic crime scenes for television news networks. But he soon begins to go to extreme lengths to get them.

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Movie details

Director: Dan Gilroy
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton
Writer: Dan Gilroy
Release Date (Australia): 13 November 2014
Runtime: 117 minutes/1h 57m
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

Themes include the exploitation of the victims of graphic crimes and accidents, in which the psychopathic character records footage of the incidents for television news networks. Thematic material includes manipulation, betrayal, violence and crime.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains violence in the form of shootings that feature bloody spray. There are also several depictions of crime and accident scenes that feature depictions of bloody injuries.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film contains frequent and aggressive use of coarse language, including the words “f**k”, “s**t”, “ass” and “bitch”.

Drug Use (PG)

There are verbal references made to drugs and drug robbery.

Sex (M)

There are verbal references made to sex using the word “f**k” in a sexual context.

mpaa rating

R (for violence including graphic images, and for language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Uses an unspeakably entertaining, dark and thrilling story of exploitation, rise to wealth and the media to study a true psychopath. In 2001, Donnie Darko was an incredible psychological thriller that featured phenomenal talent from a young Jake Gyllenhaal. But we’re talking about Nightcrawler here, a step up from Donnie Darko where Gyllenhaal delivers such a creepy, convincing and psychotic performance as our lead “protagonist” character.

He plays a petty thief and con man named Louis Bloom who, desperate for work, discovers he can make a good profit from photographing and recording graphic crime scenes for television news networks. But to spice the intensity and narcissism up a bit, his character is a downright sociopath who will go to extreme lengths to get this content. Jake Gyllenhaal easily carries us through this film with his notable acting skills. He’s always wide-eyed, never blinking, and we slowly get the idea of how much of a disturbed, manipulative individual he is.

But just as important as strong performances is the storytelling and execution. There are several moments that give you the feeling that the plot is going to take a boring turn for the worse, but that never actually happens. Every single scene is highly entertaining, either filled with topics of business and convincing, to scenes of well-written dialogue, shocking betrayals and excellent edge-of-the-seat suspense. Nightcrawler is nothing less than perfect.

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