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First Trailer for NIGHTCRAWLERS Starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 11:05 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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Last year Jake Gyllenhaal started appearing at events extremely thin, and no one really asked why.  Now you can get a sense of why he did it because the very first viral video for Dan Gilroy’s feature directorial debut, Nightcrawlers, is out and Gyllenhaal’s gaunt appearance in the piece does make his character’s desperation to land a job even more heart wrenching and quite unnerving, too.  Gyllenhaal leads the film as an ambitious guy trying to land a good job, but it’s not really working out for him so instead, he winds up getting into the business of “nightcrawling,” the practice of using video cameras and police scanners to cover crimes and then sell the footage to local news stations.

The video is less than a minute long, but it sure does make an impression.  For those who’ve been on the job-hunt before, it’s easy to connect to Gyllenhaal’s passion and his very well rehearsed pitch, making the dark turn towards the end of the piece especially disconcerting.  Nightcrawlers is due in theaters on October 17th and also stars Bill Paxton, Rene Russo and Riz Ahmed.  

Here’s the film’s official synopsis via Open Road Films:

“NIGHTCRAWLERS tells the story of a driven young man (Gyllenhaal) who finds a home in the nocturnal world of freelance crime journalism in Los Angeles. Along with Gyllenhaal and Russo, Bill Paxton and Riz Ahmed also star in the film.”

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