Christian Bale is believable as a upper-class bastard who likes to kill prostitutes and business rivals and it gave the actor a career changing boost. I like the fact that he based his role on Tom Cruise after meeting him. The excellent 80's soundtrack and some satiric dialogue is memorable, but somehow I felt that the material has been tamed for film as if just wasn't outrageous enough.
corporate shark satire wearing a veneer of (maybe) serial killer/misogynist ooze...Bale shows he can really can act in this film, but my main memory of watching this was with a group of friends and (spoiler alert), when he kills the homeless guy, and then stomps the dog, everyone raised a ruckus about the dog, and i was like (inside), yeah animal killing is bad, but HE JUST STABBED A HOMELESS MAN TO DEATH!!!
Christian Bale plays teenage street performer, Patrick Bateman, in this coming-of-age story set in late '80s Brooklyn. After his boombox is destroyed by a competitor, Bateman resolves to leave NY. However, at the train station, he meets Jean, an underground rapper who persuades him to stick with his dream. Enraptured by her towering, wild personality, Bateman comes to realize that love is not only mad, but psychotic.
Every scene functions as a perfect piece that makes a perfect whole - from bathroom routines to credit card competitions, from smart bar talks to lecture on Phil Collins, and of course, psychotic escapades of "try getting a reservation at Dorsia now". It also masterfully explores society drowned in alienation as a mirror reflection of the mind drowned in madness. Stylistically perfect and everlastingly rewatchable.
Patrick Bateman's perception of reality degrades so much the film becomes cartoonish – which isn't necessarily a bad thing here, but it reduces the possibility of Bateman existing only as a consequence of our society, and thus eliminates the potential function of the film as a social critique. American Psycho isn't so much a bad film as it is an underwhelming one for failing to meet – or even outline – its ambitions.
Una spietata ed intelligente critica satirica scagliata contro lo stile di vita consumista degli yuppie anni '80, consumati da un gretto e superficiale materialismo. Bale si fa largo nel film a colpi di recitazione spettacolare e armi contundenti, tra episodi di qualità altalenante, ma tutto sommato ben legati tra loro dalla sceneggiatura. Sorprendente in più di un'occasione la regia della Harron.