A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism. IMDb. Though the poster shows October 17 but It is scheduled to be released theatrically by Open Road Films on October 31, 2014.
Jittering like a finals student on a coffee-and-Dexatrim bender, all but barking at the moon, Gyllenhaal is undeniably committed to the role, but the character itself never feels like more than a collection of half-baked notions about underemployed young men with too much Web-surfing time on their hands. It doesn’t help that Gyllenhaal himself donned a far more nuanced — and frightening — version of this persona just two years ago in David Ayer’s superior “End of Watch,” as a video-obsessed cop who becomes a kind of megalomania cal reality auteur. Whereas that character had an actual arc, Louis is such an obvious psycho from frame one that there’s nowhere left for him to go.
Nightcrawler also stars Riz Ahmed (Four Lions) as Lou’s navigator and protegé Rick and Rene Russo (who played Frigga in Thor and Thor: The Dark World) as Nina, a news executive with a hunger for Lou’s ghoulish coverage. Based on the shot of Lou dragging a body around at the scene of an accident, it looks like he doesn’t manage to stay in the game for long without getting his hands dirty.
During the scene where Jake Gyllenhaal talks to himself in the mirror, Gyllenhaal got so into the scene that he punched the mirror. The mirror broke and ended up cutting Gyllenhaal’s hand. He had to go to a hospital and get stitches. He returned to the set right after he got discharged from the hospital.
The news business of Nightcrawler is filthy. The local station editor (Rene Russo) wants stories that show urban crime creeping into the suburbs. “The perfect story is a screaming woman with her throat cut running down a street in a good neighbourhood,” she says. The network wants ratings, the public wants blood. Lou will happily get dirty, so he gets work. And he’s an artist. Why not drag a body from a car wreck so that the wounds shine in the headlights? It makes for a better shot.