NIGHTCRAWLER Movie Trailer Featuring Jake Gyllenhaal

If you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy a ticket. This mantra, repeated over and over again, is the motivation for Lou Bloom as he tries to make a career as a crime journalist in Los Angeles.

Starring Academy Award-nominated Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmad, Nightcrawler features the gritty, harsh world for those who make their fortune reporting on the unfortunate events in peoples’ lives. When Bloom (Gyllenhaal) pitches his desires to Nina (Russo), a veteran reporter, he says that the only way to make it to the mountain top is through hard work — and he intends to make it to the top.

The newly-released trailer for Nightcrawler, written and directed by Dan Gilroy, looks promising. The editing at the beginning works well, with the music and scenic shots timed perfectly. We learn everything we need to know about the protagonist within the first 30 seconds — he’s persistent, he’s ambitious and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He has to get the latest scoop for the big story first, even if he has to sacrifice his empathy in the process.

As the tagline for the movie goes, “[Los Angeles] shines brightest at night.” Once the sun goes down, the real action begins for the freelance crime journalists. Police cars skidding across intersections and people being crushed are just two of the many events that Lou Bloom willingly — and gladly — films for his career. As the movie falls under the thriller category, we can expect plenty of car chases, motorcycle accidents, and high-tension situations. The difference between this and most thrillers is we’ll be experiencing this from the perspective of an impartial protagonist — someone who is only involvement is reporting on the action.

The trailer gives us just enough of a taste to want some more. Gilroy, whose past writing credits include The Bourne Legacy, is no stranger to creating a thrilling and enticing world. Gyllanhaal, who was originally set to be in the big budget movie-musical, Into the Woods, dropped that film to star in Nightcrawler. When an actor goes from a large-scale movie to an indie film, there has to be a reason for it. Apparently the script is that good.

What the characters lack in morals, they make up for in drive and determination. Lou Bloom is not a likeable person — he’s greasy, off-center and unscrupulous. However, he’s trying to find his place in the nighttime world of crime and violence, and he has exactly what it takes to make it there.

If you’re looking for good people with strong morals, this is not the film for you — that much is clear from the trailer. It’s a dog-eat-dog world, and you have to be willing to take the first bite. However, if you’re looking for a movie that has plenty of action and doesn’t sugarcoat anything, Nightcrawler seems like the film for you.

The movie will be released in theaters in October 2014.

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