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Nightcrawler (2014) Movie Review – Sometimes the Real Monsters are Behind the Camera

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Pitch-black Satire Hits All Its Targets And Gyllenhaal Steals The Show

Nightcrawler is a black comedy that goes right to the jugular of ratings obsessed Los Angeles TV news. The media and the protagonist’s mantra of “if it bleeds it leads” slowly becomes a terrifyingly literal guiding principle over the course of the film.

Satirising the sensationalisation of wall-to-wall news coverage that focuses exclusively on violence, Nightcrawler is that rarest of cinematic unicorns: a satire that skewers its marks precisely through fully exploring its characters, and one that presents a version of LA that feels fresh and interesting.

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