Bloom is looking to make a sizeable income and when he follows police cruisers to the scene of an accident, he sets his sights on a promising new career opportunity. With his curiosity peeked by what he witnesses, he begins asking questions and learns about “nightcrawling”, the business of capturing video footage of horrific crime or accident scenes, to sell to television stations for airing on the news. There is a competitive angle to it and Bloom has his eyes set on dominating the field, which is bad news for Joe Loder (a flawlessly cast Bill Paxton), the nightcrawler who supplies Bloom with his initial intel.
When the film opens, it’s clear that something is amiss with Lou. It’s just unclear what exactly that is. He’s quick witted, hyper intelligent, blisteringly motivated and exceptionally odd. Whether these attributes are the makings for someone outright sinister is the central hook of the film. Not one to inundate its audience with answers, there are numerous questions left open to interpretation, which gives the audience room to speculate.
Bloom is an entity that sweeps into existence out of nowhere. He’s presented as a sort of crash landed alien, fascinated with the world around him and appalled over its continued unawareness of his existence. While Bloom’s ego is reminiscent of Patrick Bateman’s in “American Psycho”, he comes across far more diabolical and frighteningly plausible than the caricature Bateman is presented as, which is a major plus in the “Nightcrawler” column.