Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a young man wandering through life trying to find a satisfying calling when he meets Joe Loder (Bill Paxton) and discovers ‘nightcrawling’ – that is, waiting by a police radio scanner for accidents, shootings or other crimes, getting to the scene and getting as graphic as possible footage to sell to news stations. Before too long, he has an assistant, Rick (Riz Ahmed) and a special relationship with news producer Nina Romina (Rene Russo). He has ambition that drives everything he does, and no interest in any moral questions that may be raised.
I think Louis Bloom could go down in history as one of the creepiest characters ever. Such a psychopath, with that stare and the intense way of speaking. I found this a really hard film to watch because he was so repulsive and it was pretty obvious that he was going to do some awful, awful things. I am really glad I didn’t see this in the cinema – I think it would have disturbed me a lot.
Nightcrawler was nominated for an Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Dan Gilroy), a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (Jake Gyllenhaal) and BAFTAs for Best Leading Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal), Best Supporting Actress (Rene Russo), Best Editing and Best Original Screenplay (Dan Gilroy).