Nice idea, but a dirty experience to watch and it appears utterly unrealistic in its depictions of (American) sleaze journalism. So the criticisms of our culture made here miss their mark, I think. Good central performance. But for 2014 this looks very, very dated - as if it were a historical piece set 10 years earlier or more. Even then, weren't people monetising on youtube? If not, wow have things changed.
This is a very good film which is unusual as most American films made over the past 10 years are total rubbish aimed at backward 10 year olds. Jake Gyllenhaal as the Nightcrawler is creepy and stylish and the film has a great moral: murder, psychopathic ruthlessness and sexual predatoriness will help you to succeed in business in the USA. Delightful!
In "Nightcrawler" the desire to sensationalise and achieve the highest news ratings (for money and status) completely overcomes any intrusion to the private lives of those affected by a certain event. This portrayal of trashy journalism (in my opinion) is almost inhuman and hard to watch. Brilliant, if not by Rene Russo's too hysterical performance.