Very well built movie, whose main character is lost in his own lucid confusion/delusion – and the viewer is pulled in it as well. The cinematography makes it seem set in another decade, yet some props lead us to our current time – but the tone is set well by the night-oriented depiction of LA.
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!