Nightcrawler Tuesday, 07 April 2020


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)


    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.


    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.


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


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


    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.


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


    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.


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

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