Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator, has not slept for a year. His every waking minute has become an unremitting nightmare of confusion, paranoia, anxiety and terror. An escalating series of clues lead to the source of his mysterious affliction. For this is no ordinary insomnia…
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My thoughts after a second viewing, a decade later, are that I am still impressed with Bale's dozy and manic performance, but that I am less impressed with the overall style. Sun-scorched oranges, blown out whites, and overcast greens - the aesthetic feels heavy-handed alongside the sort of tongue-in-cheek noir homage cues (namely the twinkling score and one-dimensional plot). Overall though, it's still a good film.
OMFG! Never have seen Christian Bale look that skinny and/or that fatigued before, it's a brilliantly-crafted & chilling psychological thriller done in the classic way of the masters behind this genre. Especially how the score sounded, that'll give you the chills as for the feel when seeing this film for the time. Bale, you were about to go out of your mind in it! 4/5
A great descent into madness, but it ignores the first rule for a good thriller: it's far too obvious and gives you all the answers on a plate. Bale is sexy even cadaveric, which made me feel a little necrophiliac. And I probably should sleep more.
Good thriller with great atmosphere. The score especially stands out besides Bale´s performance. The story is not as clever as it might think but it doesn´t matter since Anderson really knows how to make it interesting throughout despite some pedestrian stretches. I also like the literary connections that Anderson has put in there for the viewer to find.
The Machinist is a nicely blend mix between Memento and Fight Club. First of all, props to Christian Bale for his dedication in taking his role to the fullest. He has turned himself for this movie into a near SKELETON with his near-starvation body mass! This is a very moody and atmospheric film, it's recommended for those who appreciate psychological character development and beyond.
3 1/2 out of 5 stars. If Hitchcock directed Memento and got it on with Fight Club, The Machinist would be its child. The Bernard Herrmann-esque score gets a little funny and there's no shortage of off moments. The Machinist kind of needs multiple viewings to get past Christian Bale's distracting appearance but once you get over that the movie kind of stands on its own.
It is worth watching simply to see Christian Bale take on his physical transformation. Outside of that, I can't think of any other worthwhile or endearing quality to the movie. Michael Ironside's in it, but he's just there, given nothing particularly interesting to do.