Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a troubled young driver trying to make a living off thieving. He has already hit his rock bottom right from the beginning of the film. Luckily for him, he stumbles upon a bunch of Nightcrawlers who shoot late night crime incidents for TV channels. He tries to get some work with them but is brushed off nice and easy.

He scans it at night and hires an assistant to help him through the night. The assistant’s only qualification is his phone with a GPS. Thus begins his journey into the L.A Crime journalism. As a night-crawler, the avenues for a good scoop of a worthy story are really few while he battles through competition and time.