Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nights, Camera, and a Whole Lot of Crime Action

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nights, Camera, and a Whole Lot of Crime Action

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Byline: With Graham Young

NIGHTCRAWL HTCRAWL HTCRA ER (15) RatingHE'S deranged and dangerous - a digital devil in disguise. Donnie Darko star Jake Gyllenhaal has never been better than in his latest role as newsroom interloper Lou Bloom. A man who feels armed and ready when he's got a video camera to hand. And who will stop at nothing to get his LA crime scene footage onto the TV bulletins.

Still only 33 and having shed more than a few pounds for one of the roles of a lifetime, Gyllenhaal is at the top of his game in a film that is believably ahead of today's rolling-news era. When we first meet Bloom, he's struggling to find direction in life, until he pulls over on a highway close to a fatal accident and meets cameraman Joe Loder (Bill Paxton). "If it bleeds, it leads," cackles Joe, who sells his footage to the highest bidder. He purchases a small camera and tries his luck then approaches Nina Romina (Rene Russo), ratings-hungry editor of the graveyard shift at one news station, with amateurish footage of a victim fighting for life. She pays up and explains that her perfect newscast is "a screaming woman running down the street with her throat cut". There's also a delicious frisson about whether Bloom will end up under her bed covers. Desperate to beat his rivals and willing to work harder than anyone else, Bloom will stop at nothing to get the most exclusive footage of crime scenes, whether it's by anticipating police action or setting officers up directly. He hires an inexperienced protege called Rick (Riz Ahmed) to capture gangland shootings, murder and misfortune in grisly close-up. At first, Rick recoils in disgust but inexorably, Bloom moulds his employee in his own warped image. In the same vein as Martin Scorsese's early HORNS (15) Rating

AFTER Ben Affleck in Gone Girl, former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe is the latest actor to play a man accused of murdering his partner, and to be hounded by a scandalhungry media scrum. …

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