53. The Machinist

Christian Bale stars in The Machinist as Trevor Reznik, a lonely factory worker who has not slept in over a year.  His only friends appear to be a call girl (Jeniffer Jason Leigh) and an airport waitress with whom Trevor visits on a nightly basis.  However once Trevor causes a horrific accident where a co-worker loses an arm he begins having terrifying visions and hallucinations.  As his insomnia and paranoia begins eating away at his mental health, Trevor must sort through his life to discover just what is reality and what is dream.

In its entirety, The Machinist is a gripping and enrapturing story.  Christian Bale’s performance is transformative and quite shocking, given his emaciated look and drastic (to put it lightly) weight loss.  It is impossible to look away from the screen as Bale plunges deeper into the rabbit hole of insanity.  The film has an almost futuristic or perhaps other worldly feel to it as most of it takes place in an industrial wasteland ala Blade Runner.  After recent viewings of Vanilla Sky and Lost Highway, the film shares many twists that have been done many times before but The Machinist successfully stands on its own as a psychedelic portrait of a man lost in his own guilt and madness.

The survey says…4 stars out of 5


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