In the film Nightcrawler, Jake Gyllenhaal plays Lou Bloom, who does not shy away from criminal activities. He searches for work throughout the city of Los Angeles and he stubbles along a freelance TV news crew filming a scene of a fiery car accident. As Bloom watches the men film from different angles for the car accident, he is immediately hooked to the adrenaline filled career. Bloom begins to follow this career path, becoming successful due to the help of news director, Nina Romina, played by Rene Russo. As he becomes more successful, the power of being behind the camera comes with a price.

While filming one night, Bloom discovers a gruesome murder scene that serves as the canvas for his next news story. But in order to keep creating these gory stories, which offer him paychecks of upwards of $30,000, Bloom must take matters into his own hands and induce the horrific stories he used to search for.

Nightcrawler is a disturbing film that will keep you asking, “what the hell?” However, there will be no answers found to your question of curiosity. The film aims for “Network” on steroids, with a hint of “Peeping Tom.” But in the end, the film falls short leaving you with a confused sickness that will linger throughout the rest of the day.


Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, and Bill Paxton

Directed by: Dan Gilroy

Rating: B