Nightcrawler Tuesday, 07 April 2020

Nightcrawler

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong themes and violence.

  • The pitch:

    A news cameraman gets the shot.

  • Starring:

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Bill Paxton, Rene Russo, Michael Papajohn, Marco Rodríguez, James Huang

  • Directed by:

    Dan Gilroy

  • Running time:

    117 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, thrown through a glass window, pursued, punched, victims of various crimes, threatened. Trespassing, break-and-enter, theft, sabotage, home invasion. Dangerous driving, vehicle collisions, vehicles rammed, rollovers, burning car, burning building, crashed plane. Property damage, smashed mirror. Bullet holes in window. Yelling, screaming. Stabbed toddler, rape, murder/suicide, woman dragged, carjackings, car/bus accidents, stakeout, gang activity, fire, stolen vehicle, possible ambush, emergency, burglar alarm, domestic violence, restraining order, shootings, drink-driving, savage dog attack, overturned vehicle, hit-and-run mentioned. Blood/gore: EMTs work on blood-soaked (gunshot wound) victim. Collapsed victims, corpses, EMT vehicles. Corpse dragged. Throat cut, headless body, hammer slayings mentioned. Torn/bloody face, head, neck, bodies, clothing, hands. Gurgling, dying sounds. Bloody wounds.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Flirting. Oral sex reference (derogatory), sexual innuendo. A man blackmails a woman into commencing a sexual relationship with him. Sexual Revolution sign seen. Cleavage. Woman (deceased) in underwear. Rape mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Alcohol (cocktails, wine). RBT. Drunk driver/fatality, drugs, cocaine, prescription mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, sonofab*tch. Slang for genitals. Name-calling. Religious exclamation.

  • THEMES:

    Crime, camerawork, newscasting, freelancing, police scanning, police codes, urban crime, victims of crime, internships, bottom feeders, photojournalism, witnesses, intrusion, professional rivalry, negotiation, morality, ethics, ambulance chasing, risks, power, sociopaths, enterprise.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Officers down. Job loss threatened. Full moon. Horses, wolves (television broadcast).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Great, disturbing, dark, weird, uncompromising, special, supercharged, entertaining, nauseating, fantastic, sleek, fun, stylish, satirical, terrific, electric, cynical, riveting, intense, ghoulish, brilliant, nasty, loopy. Impressive performances, remarkably LA, amazing cinematography, aggressively beautiful, violent/seedy/scary world, viciously funny, excellent/moody score.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Predictable trajectory, cant-miss-the-point premise, patches of clunkiness.

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