Nightcrawler Film Review (2014) – Gyllenhaal’s Sociopath Photojournalist

Nightcrawler Film Review (2014) – Gyllenhaal’s Sociopath Photojournalist

Nightcrawler features Jake Gyllenhaal, who is famous for his role in Donnie Darko, The Day after Tomorrow and Source Code, as a sociopath who discovered his skills as stringer after an encounter with one. Jake plays as Louis “Lou” Bloom, who does not feel the same emotion as normal humans. He thinks with cool logic and emotion is what he lacked. His actions and logic affect other characters that interact with him. The film is directed by Dan Gilroy and also features Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed as supporting characters. Without further ado, let’s check out Nightcrawler film review below to see if it’s worth your time!



The basic premise is about Lou, a stringer, aka photojournalist, who sells footage of events, accidents or violent events to news stations for cash. It is based on the stringer profession in the US. Lou has to learn from scratch as a stringer, however, as he gets consumed by his job and the money offered, he starts to become indifferent to people’s lives on tapes. Would he be consumed by his own greed and insanity?

Nightcrawler Jack Gyllenhaal as Louis "Lou" Bloom

Jack as a sociopathic stringer…



The film picks up its pace from the beginning and has never slowed down. There are no boring parts in between events as, similar to a stringer’s job, things keep ongoing and new events happening. Jake plays a very convincing role with his dead-pan face and emotionless voice, which is contrasted with his only employee, Riz Ahmed’s Rick. Some scenes specifically show this contrast and also displaying Louis’s certain habit (hint: near tv)

Nightcrawler adopted a greyish look similar to 1990s vibe. The only thing that is bright is his car, ironically. The Director loves to play with the contrast in character, colours, moods, and settings throughout the film. There is some cool music being played in certain scenes that fit but is not the film’s strong point. I love the action scenes where he worked as a stringer at night and you can see what actually transpired behind each accident. In America, what you saw on TV probably comes from these people as well. The payment can be negotiated and people are willing to do anything to get THE footage. I can feel the tension and excitement behind each chase and the film never let me down.


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Nightcrawler (2014)
Reader Rating0 Votes0
What's good?
Jake Gyllenhaal plays his role convincingly
Pacing is almost perfect with no boring moments
Action sequences are great and realistic
The plot keeps you hanging till the end
What's bad?
Story is not the most original
Music is just okay
Pretty good!
Pretty good film with a unique setting.
Nightcrawler is a good film that features well-casted actors and with a unique perspective from a stringer. Action sequences are handled well and are paced accordingly. The plot keeps you hanging till the last and makes you feel for the character who is emotionless.


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