The Machinist (2004)
Critic Consensus: Brad Anderson's dark psychological thriller about a sleepless factory worker is elevated by Christian Bale astonishingly committed performance.
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Critic Reviews for The Machinist
Until now Bale's screen persona has been defined by a graceful athleticism; here his physicality is repellent, yet he carries the occasionally creaky plot of Scott Kosar's unsettling screenplay to a resonant finish.
One can't deny the dubious appeal of the spectacle of the skin-and-bone Bale, quite possibly endangering his health for the sake of his art.
[Bale's] is a great performance, full of commitment and sacrifice, and The Machinist is one of the year's best films.
It's one of those movies that you admire more than you enjoy, but Anderson and Kosar are clearly talents to watch.
A stunt that didn't merit Bale's startling, and dangerous, transformation.
It begins dark and depressing, but ends up merely dull.
Audience Reviews for The Machinist
Relying on a bluish palette of desaturated colors, Anderson creates a tense atmosphere of nightmare, but it is Christian Bale who deserves especial merit for his unbelievable dedication (mostly physical) in this intriguing thriller about the unbearable weight of guilt.
Shades of Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling permeate this excruciating trip through the realm of hallucinatory insomnia ... and one hell of a guilt trip. Spot-on performances and a blue noirish atmosphere complete this pretty good Los Angeles hair puller that was actually shot in Barcelona.
Bale is amazing, as always. But this is a strange film.
The Machinist Quotes
|Ivan:||You look like you've seen a ghost.|
|Trevor Reznik:||Funny you should say that, the guys at work don't even think you exist.|
|Ivan:||That's why I can't get a raise.|
|Trevor Reznik:||Stevie, I haven't slept in a year.|
|Trevor Reznik:||I tried him too.|
|Trevor Reznik:||A little guilt goes a long way|
|Trevor Reznik:||A little guilt goes a long way.|
|Stevie:||Well, don't look so surprised. Even a call girl can scramble an egg.|
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