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Nightcrawler – Film Review

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Way back in the 70s and 80s, films dissecting the culture of materialism, narcissism and greed were commonplace. Taxi Driver, The King of Comedy and Wall Street all featured disturbed and psychotic antiheroes chasing their own subversion of the American Dream as a narrative fulcrum.

After barely a peep throughout the 90s and early 2000s – the Christian Bale-starring American Psycho aside – the genre is now making something of a comeback with The Wolf of Wall Street and The Riot Club both taking a grisly and surreal swipe at flawed men – and it is always men – who crave power whatever the cost.

Nightcrawler continues along in a similar vain, with first-time director Dan Gilroy crafting a slick urban thriller for generation y.

We find our focus drawn to Louis “Lou” Bloom, a lithe and ferociously unsettling petty thief trawling the neon-lit streets of Hollywood in search…

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