At the end of the movie NightCrawler, the main character Louis Bloom seems to have gotten away with a felony.

He clearly withheld information from the police. So why didn't the the detectives get a warrant for his computer and find that extra bit of film with the bad-guy's faces and license plate? Not to mention proof of his intended murder of his partner

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    Any plot-explanation about a movie will contain spoilers.
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 23:31
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    I wasn't aware we particularly care about spoilers...
    – CGCampbell
    Commented Nov 5, 2014 at 23:34
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    Except in the titles of the questions..
    – Ben Plont
    Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 22:56
  • he clearly wouldn't have gotten away with this , the police could easily use street video against him, noticing that his car was clearly following - not being followed to the scene of the final shootout . amateur mistake noted !
    – user24129
    Commented Aug 21, 2015 at 4:09

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It is obvious for the detective that he is lying (and we as audience know it). But the detective needs a proof and depending on the local laws (that I am no expert in) she needs probably a strong suspicion and legal authority (e.g. by a judge or state attorney) for a search warrant. In-universe we have to believe that the detective either believed his story (no, she didn't), Bloom faked the videos so a forensic examination couldn't provide any information and he hid/encrypted the uncut videos (unlikely), or the detective couldn't claim a suspicion strong enough to get such warrant. It is not shown in the movie, after telling his story the detective makes clear that she doesn't believe it, then we see Bloom leaving the building.

I still wonder why the detective didn't mention the gaps in the videos. Bloom may have cut the beginning and end of the videos quite easily (e.g. the murderers driving away) but how would he explain phases of silence or missing seconds when his assistant talks dying or when the victim of the murder dies. But while this may be an indication of problems with his story it would still be the absence of proofs.

It's the rule of law and this seems to make the detective the only¹ moral person in the movie.

¹ We could discuss Frank.


The suspicion of evidence is not enough to justify a warrant. Regardless of what you see in the movies, a warrant can not be admitted because of suspicion or suspicious activity. the collection of evidence is the initiative of a warrant to be issued. Though no evidence could be found, either in the video or scientific proof of altered video, he maintained his innocence.


Lou cooks up a story of the criminals following him as he knows there is no evidence of he seeing them but higher possibility of he being seen while shooting them during the crime in progress which is believable. Also he suspected them as criminals from their mannerisms during their escape (plus gun).

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