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Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 05/19/2009 Run time: 101 minutes Rating: R

As a bleak and chilling mood piece, The Machinist gets under your skin and stays there. Christian Bale threw himself into the title role with such devotion that he shed an alarming 63 pounds to play Trevor Reznik (talk about "starving artist"!), a factory worker who hasn't slept in a year. He's haunted by some mysterious occurrence that turned him into a paranoid husk, sleepwalking a fine line between harsh reality and nightmare fantasy--a state of mind that leaves him looking disturbingly gaunt and skeletal in appearance. (It's no exaggeration to say that Bale resembles a Holocaust survivor from vintage Nazi-camp liberation newsreels.) In a cinematic territory far removed from his 1998 romantic comedy Next Stop Wonderland, director Brad Anderson orchestrates a grimy, nocturnal world of washed-out blues and grays, as Trevor struggles to assemble the clues of his psychological conundrum. With a friendly hooker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and airport waitress (Aitana S¨˘nchez-Gij¨®n) as his only stable links to sanity, Trevor reaches critical mass and seems ready to implode just as The Machinist reveals its secrets. For those who don't mind a trip to hell with a theremin-laced soundtrack, The Machinist seems primed for long-term status as a cult thriller on the edge. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews:

  • all because of a stupid cigarette lighter...
    I really loved this movie. It has so many unique aspects to it. I don't want to repeat what all the other reviews have already said, so I'll just say that after I watched this movie the first time, I watched the special features
    (bonus material) and then I watched the movie again but with the Director's commentary activated. There is
    so much more you pick up on that way. Its an intriguing story with an interesting outcome.
    I watched this movie just after having seen "The Number 23" (with Jim Carrey) and I thought there were some
    interesting parallels between the two stories. Granted, the two stories aren't overly similar, but there definitely
    are parallels and similarilties.
    I'd definitely recommend this movie, but like I said, watch it first, then the bonus materials, then watch it
    again with the director's commentary. There are some interesting subtleties that you learn about through
    the Director's commentary that you might not even notice otherwise....more info
  • guilt trip
    Christian Bale is the main reason to watch this. The good news is: it's possibly his best role. He actually looks like The Thin White Duke on anorexia...or a concentration camp survivor. Such is his dedication to the role. Overall a good cast.

    The bad news is - the show is very well filmed and unfolds like a twilight zone story...strangely however, the movie is somewhat devoid of the suspense it needs to creep us, and falls short as a one-note story. Hence, things become more predictable rather than exciting. A neat package but not quite dark enough. Perhaps a director's cut would improve this?...more info
  • You'll still be thinking about it weeks later
    Trevor Reznik works in a machine shop, which would be dangerous enough, but add to it that he hasn't slept in a year and has lost so much weight that he looks like a walking skeleton. The only constants in his life is the hooker he goes to on a regular basis and an airport cafe waitress. He talks to them and ponders what is happening to him. Things begin to spiral downward when mysterious notes start appearing on his refrigerator and a strange new employee named Ivan begins working at the shop. Everyday Trevor doesn't sleep he falls deeper and deeper into a psychosis that can't tell reality from fantasy. The revelation at the end of why he can't sleep is beautifully done and not revealed in any way earlier in the film.

    The Machinist is blue in tone, both the look of the movie and the emotions of the characters and the soundtrack. It's a little slow in places but is also wonderfully acted and directed. Christian Bale is truly hard to look at and it makes you wonder what was going on in his mind when he decided to lose 60 pounds, down to 120, for the role. It definitely makes the character all that more believable and sympathetic, but it's also kind of crazy....more info
  • Bale at his best
    Bale has an uncanny ability to disappear into any role he's given. In "The Machinist" he does so again to devastating effect. The film is a dark, deep, curious animal that unfolds ever so deftly to a painful, but profound ending. This is fine filmmaking to be sure, but Bale takes it to a deeper, more interesting level that really sets the tone and makes it all the more powerful. A film that treats the viewer with respect. This is one of the few movies I recommend quite frequently. ...more info
  • Awesome performance
    Christian Bale was awesome in this movie. He looked like a skeleton but he made the movie very realistic. I didn't know this movie existed until I saw his biography. I recommend this movie to anyone whom is a fan....more info
  • Excellent entertainment at several levels.
    This performance by Christian Bale would be hard to match. His acting is superb as he plays the role of Trevor, a machinist who has not been able to sleep for year and is only beginning to put the pieces together to understand why he is mentally falling apart. I found this performance superior to his great work in American Psycho. In the Machinist he msut play a mentally ill man, unable to remember much of his past, unable to remember some trama that has resulted in his inability to sleep for over a year. His ability to transform his body to play this part was incredible.

    The plot is excellent in that as Trevor begins to sort out hallucination from reality and to sort out memories from living nightmares, so too is the audience trying to make sense of the film and the trama that may have stimulated Trevor's inability to sleep. Gradually we learn what is one of Trevor's waking dreams and what is reality starting to break through. However, even a series of waking dreams give clues to Trevor's true state of mind and the possible underlying reasons as to why he is paranoid and can't sleep for over a year. In other words, every hallucination, though it may be frighful, leads Trevor and the viewer toward some deeper truth about his condition.

    In the end, the viewer is not left hanging, the pieces do come together. It is a super psychological thriller.

    Before ending this review, I must comment on the superb cinematography and art direction in the film. When filming a psychological drama, camera angle, the interplay of dark and light, the framing of scenes to create anxiety or disqust are all part of the cinematographer's art. In this film the camera work could not be better. It significantly adds to the story line and acting and makes this product get 5 stars. Also, the art direction was fantastic, keeping the film within a dark grey range of color with only pale flesh adding any warmth to the screen.
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  • Cold, Dark Nightmare
    Thoroughly enjoyed this disturbing film. Listening to the Director's Commentary gave some wonderful insights to shoestring budget movie making as well....more info
  • This is a really original movie with a awesome ending!
    This movie is so cool. It will keep you guessing and on your toes until the very end. I highly recommend this movie to anybody that loves suspense movies like Fight Club or The Usual Suspects that keep you guessing on the ending. Best movie....more info
  • Muddled Jumble of a Film
    The cinematography was great but unfortunately that alone a worthy movie does not make. I was hoping perhaps the ending might make up for the terrible film but I was badly dissatisfied. I understand some people may view this film as some sort of high art but as for I it did not connect....more info
  • Sad but so True
    Christian looks so different than he did in Batman. In The Machinist, he's a scrawny sad character that just wants to comprehend the world that he lives in. So he confides in Jennifer, who's a prostitute. He goes on a mission to try and learn what's behind the "conspiracy" that's willing to take his sanity.

    You almost feel bad since in this day and age, you see mentally sick people walking the streets...aimlessly, with no one to turn to, but their voices that's "inspiring" them to commit crimes against nature. Yet we as a society, opt to look the other way. This film forces the audience to recognize the five W's and the necessity of finding closure to Christian.

    Truth hurts and unfortunately, in this film, the truth is also very sad.

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  • Holy Acting Batman!
    To see Christian Bale in this movie is to be amazed at how well he prepared for his role. The guy looks like a walking skeleton and I really couldn't get over that this is the same guy who plays Batman. This is a thriller and a mystery. The plot was terrific and kept me guessing right up until the end. The movie's concept is similar to A Beautiful Mind, Identity, Fight Club, etc. What separates this movie from others of it's type is the performance by Christian Bale. He reminded me of Robert De Niro in Raging Bull except in reverse. De Niro went to Italy to eat and gained a whole bunch of weight to play the role in Raging Bull and won the Oscar. Christian Bale looks as if he spent a year of not eating or sleeping to play the role in The Machinist, and he should have won the Oscar. He is very convincing as a man who has not slept in a year and who is having some... issues. Great movie. 5 stars all the way. ...more info
  • Dark movie with bizarre scenes
    Trevor Reznik's (Christian Bale) insomnia has crossed over into the danger zone. The man hasn't slept in a year, and his physical and mental health have eroded. His call-girl girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh) is the only bright spot in his quickly deteriorating world. But when cryptic notes turn up in his apartment and he has visions of a co-worker nobody else can see, is it reality or the next level of his sleeplessness that's to blame? good cinematic thriller with strong writing. The incredible directing drew the best of performances out of the actors. A+ work all around. Bale proved his dedication to his role and also did a stellar performance. Leigh was mesmerizing. Ironside did great work in a supporting role. The story kept me in suspense to the end. Seeing a normal person so wrenched emotionally and physiologically by circumstances made me wonder if Trevor could be in any city, with the name Bob, Joe, or George. Also check out bale's weight loss shocking!...more info
  • Aside from Bale (and I'll add Leigh) this film is a disapointment of sorts...
    It's a shame to me that this film didn't turn out any better. Christian Bale's performance alone deserves a better all around film. As Trevor Reznik, Bale delivers a knock out performance as a man at the end of his rope. Having not slept in over a year Trevor has lost extreme amounts of weight, his weight now down to nearly 120lbs. Not only is his weight shedding but his mind is fleeting him as well. He's seeing things, believing things, being haunted by things that may or may not even exist and Christian portrays this perfectly.

    The problems (in the film) start to spring up with the introduction of Ivan (John Sharian), a man who claims to work at the factory in which Trevor works himself, yet no one else appears to know him. It's not just the inclusion of such a character but the overall horrific acting on the part of John Sharian that ruins this film immensely. It's the breed of overacting that makes an adult-film look like `Brokeback Mountain'.

    Trevor's life rapidly derails and falls apart from every angle, from his doomed relationship with call-girl Stevie (Jennifer Jason Leigh in a very convincing performance) to his flittering romance with Marie (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon), a young single mother who works in the diner he frequently visits. His weight continues to drop and his paranoia continues to grow until he's convinced that everyone is trying to destroy him. Watch this for Bale's performance and his performance alone, for while it promises a surprise ending it comes off more of a "oh, figured they pull that trick" and less of a "wow, never saw that coming."...more info
  • Psychological Thriller
    Christian Bale is one of the greatest actors of his generation. That said, the Machinist is a unique psychological thriller in that the protagonist looks like Death warmed over. Bale is so bone-thin, it lends to the fear factor and the realism.

    The story is about Trevor Resnik, a loner machinist who works the graveyard shift. Strange events begin to occur, and Trevor believes there may be a conspiracy against him. As the viewer is drawn into his world, brief moments of happiness, respite from the fear, do not last long before we are plunged into another waking nightmare. We long for release for Trevor, and it is granted at the end, but not after a bit too long of a rollercoaster ride of mental adrenaline.

    Recommended, but I recommend the futuristic action film Equilibrium more. Bale is his best here, physically (thank God) and of course in acting ability....more info
  • Great movie
    Is not common in this days watch a great film. Happens once a month if you watch one a day. Ok, take a shortcut,this is one of this ones. Mr Bale is top, the image is great and the score awesome. Perfect combo....more info
  • One of the most amazing acting jobs I have ever seen (4.5 stars)
    "Machinist" totally gobsmacked me. I've always been impressed with Christian Bale's acting abilities, but this time, he almost went too far. There's a quote in the movie, "If you were any thinner, you wouldn't exist." That really fits Bale's appearance. He's at 120 in this film and only stopped there because the directors were afraid for his health.

    Bale plays Trevor Reznik, a machinist who has not slept for a year. He's seeing people at machines near him who don't work at his job, someone's breaking in to his apartment and leaving cryptic notes, everywhere he's seeing connections--but to what? Is it illusions caused from him not sleeping? Is it some kind of plot?

    The end shocked me--but it truly explained a lot. "Machinist" is one of the best-acted films I have seen in a long time--and the conclusion really did sneak up on me. Very impressed--but I'm classifying this film as a rental for me--I doubt I could see it more than once. ...more info
  • Cold, frustrating, but engaging.
    First, I was amazed at the dedication of Christian Bale to fit into his part. His emaciated body will shout at you from the very start. His character's efforts to move along with his life, despite his horribly desperate disadvantages, will move you to figure out what's going on in this frustrating, but engaging tale of what can happen to a man when lack of sleep starts messing with his ability to see things objectively. Bale, as the lead character, carries the movie on his own. A well-done piece of work, be ready for an intense, psychological roller coaster ride....more info
  • (CAUTION SPOILERS)
    This is an awesome film. Really! It is the quintessential psychotic episode portrayed by the guy who has no medication, is unknowing, has no formal diagnosis and no where to run. He slowly but so vividly spirals down the stair steps of the dark pit into raw and pure insanity. The movie portrays his footsteps ingeniously. And indeed Bale acts this out magnificently. We again have the ingenious use of a delusional and visual hallucination antagonist, like which was so beautifully utilized in Fight Club. It shouts out his paranoid delusional mental state and visual unreal images that so lusciously define authentic psychosis.

    Ah, but this plot line has grown so old over the years, but for Fight Club, Secret Window, Beau Mind, Fisher King, Donny's Little Darko, etc. I mean, how much mileage does Hollywood seriously expect to get out of this?

    And of course, Hollywood has its typical slant. Well, and because psychosis is not a "respectable" illness, like cancer, Parkinson's, diabetes or broken neck paralysis. No... Hollywood has thought this out long and hard and has deemed that mental illness is the gutter illness. So the film is fraught with all kinds of the typical mental illness gutter stereotypes, like bale's live-in-hooker and his homicidal tendencies - like all mentally ill people have them - and why are we all homicidal? Well because Hollywood says so, that's why! And of course homicidal, mentally ill psychotic people are what makes Hollywood money. And we're talking lots of money. Well and actors too. Just ask Bale.

    Come on Hollywood, give us something more. You can do better than this. Next time, why don't you throw in the 3 day involuntary commitment, or that a 10 mg dose of tongue dissolvable Zyprexa pops you out of this type of insanity in about 3 hours and gets us back to 50% from a 0%. Or the years and years of counseling that it takes to get yourself back to about 60%. Or the Social Security Disability that many of us will have to get on. Or the 20% that commit suicide with this type of illness. Or that our spouses will divorce us because of it. I mean, after all, this film is about the 1 percent of the population who has paranoid schizophrenia (2.5 million US people) and the 1 percent of the population who has paranoid psychotic bipolar I (another 2.5 million US people), and the 1 percent of the population who has depression with psychotic features (another 2.5 million US people), and the 500,000 mothers who have post-partum psychosis. Yea, this film is about the oppression of about 8 million US people.

    Next time, show the real story and the real suffering that all of us go through every day. Please quit running us through your Hollywood gutter. A lot of us are respectable individuals with a severe chronic incurable mental illness. And most of us are balancing 5 different medications just to survive it. We didn't ask for this crap. Some of us are even airborne rangers. Next time, show the real deal, and then we'll all give you more than 1 star. Have a nice day!...more info
  • (CAUTION SPOILERS)
    This is an awesome film. Really! It is the quintessential psychotic episode portrayed by the guy who has no medication, is unknowing, has no formal diagnosis and no where to run. He slowly but so vividly spirals down the stair steps of the dark pit into raw and pure insanity. The movie portrays his footsteps ingeniously. And indeed Bale acts this out magnificently. We again have the ingenious use of a delusional and hallucinating antagonist, like which was so beautifully utilized in Fight Club. It shouts out his paranoid delusional mental state and visual unreal images that so lusciously define authentic psychosis.

    Ah, but this plot line has grown so old over the years, but for Fight Club, Secret Window, Beau Mind, Fisher King, Donny's Little Darko, etc. I mean, how much mileage does Hollywood seriously expect to get out of this?

    And of course, Hollywood has its typical slant. Well, and because psychosis is not a "respectable" illness, like cancer, Parkinson's, diabetes or broken neck paralysis. No... Hollywood has thought this out long and hard and has deemed that mental illness is the gutter illness. So the film is fraught with all kinds of the typical mental illness gutter stereotypes, like bale's live-in-hooker and his homicidal tendencies - like all mentally ill people have them - and why are we all homicidal? Well because Hollywood says so, that's why! And of course homicidal, mentally ill psychotic people are what makes Hollywood money. And we're talking lots of money. Well and actors too. Just ask Bale.

    Come on Hollywood, give us something more. You can do better than this. Next time, why don't you throw in the 3 day involuntary commitment, or that a 10 mg dose of tongue dissolvable Zyprexa pops you out of this type of insanity in about 3 hours and gets us back to 50% from a 0%. Or the years and years of counseling that it takes to get yourself back to about 60%. Or the Social Security Disability that many of us will have to get on. Or the 20% that commit suicide with this type of illness. Or that our spouses will divorce us because of it. I mean, after all, this film is about the 1 percent of the population who has paranoid schizophrenia (2.5 million US people) and the 1 percent of the population who has paranoid psychotic bipolar I (another 2.5 million US people), and the 1 percent of the population who has depression with psychotic features (another 2.5 million US people), and the 500,000 mothers who have post-partum psychosis. Yea, this film is about the oppression of about 8 US million people.

    Next time, show the real story and the real suffering that all of us go through every day. Please quit running us through your Hollywood gutter. A lot of us are respectable individuals with a severe chronic incurable mental illness. And most of us are balancing 5 different medications just to survive it. We didn't ask for this crap. Some of us are even airborne rangers. Next time, show the real deal, and then we'll all give you more than 1 star. Have a nice day!...more info
  • Wow ... This Movie Freaked Me Out
    As you watch this movie, it will keep you wondering ...
    What is wrong with this guy?
    Why is he so skinny?
    Why can't he sleep?...more info
  • I'm going out on a limb here...
    Christian Bale is the new Marlon Brando. That's my take. I'd seen every one of his films before this (except for the latest Batman) and thought I had witnessed his best performances but no - this is his greatest. I am a complete and total CB fan. I hate movies like Batman and The Terminator, but I will see them now because I want to make certain I don't miss one of his performances. I hope he gets all the perks he deserves for working so darned hard. The talent, the dedication he brings to his work are phenomenal. I'm in awe. ...more info
  • The Machinist
    Christian Bale fans will not believe it is him at first. Suspense and intrigue keep you on the edge of your seat. Not easy to figure out until the very end....more info
  • Been done before
    Ok this has been done before, maybe not with a hooker and a wretchedly skinny Christian Bale, but it's been done. The movie was still good though predictable....more info
  • Great mindbender that just about merits Bale's performance
    I remember that this film came out around the same time as Adrian Brody's 'The Jacket'. The themes of both films are remarkably similar - a tortured individual is increasingly plagued by bizarre intrusions into his everyday reality, with both he and the viewer desperately trying to ascertain if what he is experiencing is real or merely a descent into madness, scrambling for clues in a dense thicket of intimations, references and flashbacks to the characters past.

    I enjoyed 'The Jacket', but found this to be a notch higher in the mind-bending rankings, firstly because all the loose strands were tied up at the end, and secondly, because of a quite outstanding and intense performance from the unnervingly gaunt Christian Bale. The unbearable responsibility of self-judgement played out in a contemporary and real yet disturbingly soulless backdrop, turns this film into one of the best adaptations yet of a novel that Kafka never wrote, and that's the kind of accolade that Bale's sacrifice to his art surely merits....more info
  • Blu-ray: THE MACHINIST' is disturbing, dark and terrifying psychological thriller but definitely a film worth watching!!!
    In 2004, writer Scott Kosar ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" (2003) and "The Amityville Horror" (2005) wrote a script titled "The Machinist". Director Brad Anderson (writer of "Transsiberian" and directed "Session 9 and "Happy Accidents") enjoyed Kosar's dark storyline so much but unfortunately, no American film studio was interested in picking the film up.

    Fortunately, the film was picked up by Fantastic Factory of Filmax and Castelao Productions in Spain and the film known as "El Maquinista" was released and won multiple "Best Film" awards. The film although seems to take place in America was all shot in Barcelona, Spain and Director Brad Anderson who suffered a back injury during filming, directed the film while lying on a gurney.

    "THE MACHINIST" would eventually gain momentum in the US and received rave reviews due to its dark storyline but most of all, the performance by Christian Bale who literally starved himself for four months going from 182 pounds down to 120 pounds.

    VIDEO & AUDIO:

    "THE MACHINIST" gets its High Definition treatment via 1080p on Blu-ray. The film showcases the world of Trevor Reznick in a dark, muted pallete and showcasing a brooding, dark monochromatic life that he is living. This is quite important because we know that there is something odd with Reznick and it was important to showcase the film without its vibrant colors. In fact, you'll feel that you watching a film that is focused on more of the blacks, the grays and the darker side of the color spectrum.

    As for picture quality, you do see a bit of spots and speckles on some parts of the film but you will also notice that the transfer to HD also brings out the grain. Overall, this is probably one of the few films where vibrancy of colors is not what I wanted to see. And the depressing shades of darkness is what is more pronounced.

    As for audio, The film is featured in English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD (Also, French and Spanish 5.1) the majority of the film is all dialogue based. Front channel, clear and understandable. The musical score by Roque Banos definitely highlights the eeriness of certain scenes of the film. There are some scenes where you do notice sound effects especially during the scenes shot at the amusement park and then at a scene that displayed thunder.

    Subtitles are presented in English, English SDH, Spanish and Portuguese.

    SPECIAL FEATURES:

    "THE MACHINIST" comes with the following extras:

    * Commentary: Audio Commentary by Director Brad Anderson - A very informative commentary by Brad Anderson as he goes into what he wanted to accomplish with the film, shooting in Barcelona, talking about the various talens and really dissecting the certain scenes. In fact, he's a brutally honest director that is not afraid to pick apart his film not for the positive but also some of the negative. Overall, informative.
    * Manifesting the Machinist - (23:00) This featurette is exclusive to the Blu-ray release and is in HD. We learn more about the narrative of the film, the performance by the cast including interviews with cast and crew and more!
    * The Machinist: Hiding in Plain Sight - (13:58) This featurette is exclusive to the Blu-ray release is in HD and features the major twist of the film and how they wanted to put enough twists that would fool the audience.
    * The Machinist: Breaking The Rules - (25:19) This featurette from the original DVD release features interviews with writer Scott Kosar, Director Brad Anderson and the cast. We learn about how the film came about, shooting in Spain and making people think it's America and a lot of informative information of the behind-the-scenes making of the film.
    * Deleted Scenes - (12:05) The following are eight deleted scenes. These are actually solid scenes that could have changed the emotional impact of the film. The deleted scenes are in standard definition.
    * 1) Trevor Visits Mysterious Grave
    * 2) Alternate Intersection Crosscut with Burning Paper
    * 3) Pensive Trevor (Alternate Transition to Airport)
    * 4) Stevie's Mysterious "John"
    * 5) Alternate Chase Ending Revealing Chimneys
    * 6) Trevor Tries To Skip Town
    * 7) Trevor Confronts Mother at Cemetery
    * 8) Alternative Version of Holding Cell
    * Theatrical Trailer - (2:32) The original theatrical trailer in standard definition.

    JUDGMENT CALL:

    "THE MACHINIST" is one of those films that you can look at it as quite a unique story. The film is a psychological thriller that has you on the edge of your seat at times, especially when you start to explore the psyche of Trevor Reznick and the dark and dreary world that he lives in. But what made this film believable was Christian Bale and what he put himself through to making his character seem real and odd.

    Before the Batman films and "Terminator Salvation", we have always learned about how intense an actor, how dedicated Christian Bale was to character role. There are not many films that have featured an actor losing weight (the last major film which an actor had to gain and lose a lot of weight was "CAST AWAY" starring Tom Hanks) but for Bale to lose so much and look quite skeletal was shocking.

    Having gone down to 120 pounds from 160+ pounds in four months is shocking and the pain and inconvenience he put himself to achieve the look for this role and still wanting to go down to 100 pounds is just amazing (and gaining it back with muscle for the following year with "Batman Begins"). And also a big applause to the make up crew who made Bale's character so eery with its dark shade around the eyes, knot on his forehead and blood scars throughout his face.

    As for the Blu-ray release, although this is not a film that you want to show off for its picture and audio quality, the solid commentary and even for its few Blu-ray special features definitely make this Blu-ray release worth owning. If you owned the previous DVD release and enjoy the film, I can definitely recommend going for the double dip.

    Overall, this is quite an intense psychological thriller that fans of films by Alfred Hitchcock can probably give a nod to. It's cleverly written and the challenges that the cast and crew had to go through (especially trying to make Barcelona, Spain look like a town in the US) to make this film possible was well-done. It may be a bit dark and eery for some but it was a film that definitely caught me by surprise at the end.

    "THE MACHINIST" is definitely recommended....more info
  • Damn good movie!
    This movie is one hell of a mind trip. Its a murder mystery with clues given throughout the film, some you get and some you dont. Bale is a great great actor and his performance is excellent. The ending is so good, you'll want to watch it for a 2nd time right after you've just watched it for the 1st time. Jennifer Jason Leigh does a good job and I wonder how she got so lucky being in 2 of the coolest movies in '06, including another mind trip call "The Jacket." I dont want to give any spoilers away, so theres not a whole lot more I can say. This movie is dark, dirty, and gritty and needs to be seen and appreciated...more info
  • This movie is awesome!!
    This is one of the best insomnia movies I have seen. If yo have ever lived for a period of time of constant sleep deprivation either from work or school or whatever, you will identify with the machinist. The entire movie is based on the surreal and confused world of the sleep deprived, and the estranged world that it can make you feel you live in.
    The machinist is one of the most genuine characters in film I have seen in a long time, the sort of character that you feel you know in some way. ...more info
  • Convoluted to the end
    "The Machinist" is a movie that is so enthralled and impressed with itself that it refuses to let go of its convoluted story. Trevor, a man who has not slept in 1 year, is both physically and mentally suffering from the aforementioned sleep depravation. His work, personal life, body and mind suffer from his insomnia, if we can call it that. Strange things begin to happen, he sees people unseen by anyone else and the viewer, along with Trevor, is taken along in this psychological thriller with more twists and turns than a python asphyxiating its prey. And that is exactly how you feel, asphyxiated and unwilling to follow the convoluted story line. The movie is unwilling to let go and becomes more entrenched in itself pulling more and more twists from the void that is this man's life.

    I did not like this movie, but I did like Bale's performance. It was excellent, and to see the extent to which he had starved himself for this role, makes the movie all the more exceptional and gut wrenching. I usually like Aitana Sanchez Gij¨®n, but in this movie, the dialogue between Bale and her character was pretty bad and this is not one of her best performances. The movie ends with one heck of a twist, I am still not sure if it is worth sitting through the entire movie....more info
  • Echos of another great movie
    This is a great movie, very well done, and Christian Bale is amazing. If you like this movie, try "The Tenant", an early Roman Polanski effort. It is very similar in vibe, and I have a feeling that the director of The Machinist may have seen it more than once...
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  • Bale at his best
    Just a masterful myster/suspense/thriller. Did you like Christian Bale in Batman Begins, American Psycho, or Equilibrium? Well, you'll love him in The Machinist. One of the best physical transformations ever (Bale losing lots of weight), but loses none of his acting skills. After seeing more and more of Bale's films, he becomes the same person over and over again. This will be the movie that separates from all his other characters once everything is said and done....more info
  • Underrated
    The Machinist is the sort of film Hollywood does not dare to make- risky, taut, and smart. While not a great film it certainly is loads better than the usual bilge Hollywood feeds the public. That director Brad Anderson (who directed Session 9) had to go to Barcelona, Spain to finance and film the picture says it all. The film stars Christian Bale (who lost over 60 lbs. for the role) as Trevor Reznik, a machinist who has not slept in a year and is wasting away physically. His only sources of comfort seem to be a prostitute named Stevie (Jennifer Jason Leigh) that he sleeps with, and an airport caf¨¦ waitress named Maria (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon), whom he confesses to. Then, one day, on a break at work, Trevor meets Ivan (John Sharian)- a bald biker dude with a Cajun accent, red sportscar, and a claw for a hand- after his left hand was mangled in an accident. Not long after Trevor accidentally causes the dismemberment of a co-worker named Miller (Michael Ironside) and is shunned at work. He seems to be losing his mind when no one believes him that the reason the accident occurred was because he was looking at Ivan- whom his bosses claim is not on the payroll.... Perhaps the only downsides to the film are Leigh's hooker with a heart of gold (although she does what little she can with the role) and the ending. As Trevor sleeps he dreams of the first few moments after the accident and then we get a fade out. There should have been something more definitive and climactic than merely Trevor's getting shuteye. The end feels almost tacked on, as if Kosar had no idea how to get out of the corner he painted his character into. Still, were this a Hollywood film there would have been car explosions, pedophilia, and many other overblown elements. The best thing for this screenplay was that it had to be made overseas. There are a number of excellent little points in the film, such as scattered Dostoevsky and Kafka references, Trevor's looking eerily like his Nine Inch Nails namesake Trent Reznor, Trevor's choosing to turn left, in the Route 666 kid's ride with Nicholas, and in the sewers, when he encounters forks in a road, until the end, where he turns himself in and turns right on the highway, which picks up on the mangled left hands of Miller and Ivan and other left aligned things in the film. Also, Michael Ironside- who works far too little- seems to always lose a limb in his films....more info
  • ---You can't hide from yourself---
    In the Machinist, Christian Bale gives a terrific performance as a man with insomnia and severe delusions. This is a dark and rather disturbing film and not for everyone!

    To perfect his role, Bale lost over 60 pounds and that itself is depressing. He is such a wonderful actor; however, I feel compelled to say that no movie is worth an actor's health. Perhaps losing 20 pounds, wearing lose clothing and heavy makeup would have been sufficient for Bale's role in this film. I hope to see this young man around for years and many more films!
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