Now Streaming: ‘Nightcrawler’

by Meghan McGee on August 7, 2015

Nightcrawler2014’s Nightcrawler, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Louis Bloom, a grifter trying to go legit as a freelance news gatherer in the streets of Los Angeles.

After seeing a gruesome wreck on the interstate one night, he sees his future in a freelance cameraman named Loder, played by Bill Paxton. Loder is a veteran nightcrawler, a newsman crawling the streets for footage to sell to a broadcast news channel. Bloom steals a bike and pawns it for a police scanner, a camcorder and a new career.

Bloom sells the footage to Nina played by Rene Russo, a down-on-her-luck producer working nights at the lowest-rated local news station. Bloom’s work keeps getting bloodier and better, Nina keeps buying it, and soon Bloom takes on an assistant in an attempt to rival Loder’s freelance empire.

Get your creepy Jake Gyllenhaal fix by watching Nightcrawler, now streaming on Netflix.