Riz Ahmed

Nightcrawler – Modern Vampire of the City



Common wisdom asserts that the streets of LA after dark are not places you want to be. Violent crime runs rampant, the cops are too busy to help you, and, if you’re particularly unlucky, you’ll find your personal hell being recorded and sold by an emotionless ‘stringer’ – the freelance purveyors of real-life tragedies. It’s this third element of Los Angeles’ murky underworld which is tackled by Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler, a supremely confident, thrilling and well-performed tale of one man’s desperate struggle to stay employed, at any cost. It’s one of the year’s best films, a surprise made all the more impressive when you remember that it is Gilroy’s first directorial effort and that his last two scripts were the lacklustre Real Steel and Bourne Legacy. (more…)