A cogent post-modernist critique of the extremism of capitalism. Christian Bale captures the malevolent psyche of Patrick Bateman with insidious glee. Ellis' best novel is Ballardian in scope. Harron's adaptation crystalises the novel's scathing spirit.
Interesting adaptation from the source material: while the novel is relentless psychological horror with slivers of humor throughout, the film is a straight-up absurdist black comedy with dark existential musings. Beautiful cinematography, and if someone had told me John Cale did the soundtrack I would have watched it years earlier.
Is this film really considered horror by the masses? Certainly not by the filmmaker, or the cast/crew... Satire, through and through. One of the most brilliant dark comedies of this millennium in film.
The film's conclusion is ambigous but it puts the events into question and I thought it was somewhat smart. Of how Bateman's paranoia brought on by the shallowness of the society around him as part of the 80's hedonism.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. Maybe its age or maybe I've gotten more critical as the years have gone on but I don't like this movie as much as I used to. Its funny and entertaining as hell, at times even clever, but the movie couldn't get away with the ambiguity the book could. A fine effort but the ending was too blurry to be satisfying.
A terrific film about how excess, privilege, and obsessive-compulsion revolving around details can drive a person completely up the wall; couple it with debatable mental instability and illness and you have a ticking time-bomb in many different ways. Christian Bale gives a career-making performance, and the soundtrack is not only perfect, but also beautifully broken down and analyzed unlike in any movie I've seen.
This is based on the book only in the most tangential way. They turned the book into a joke. They may never be able get it right. In Hollywood they focus too much on the violence. It could be made as a foreign film. It needs to be done straight and without a soundtrack, and not as a horror film.