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The Machinist

The ever intense Christian Bale plays Trevor Reznik an emaciated factory machinist who hasn't slept in over a year and whose hallucinations cost a coworker his arm in a tightly wound horror movie that sends cold chills down your spine. "The Machinist" is a well-crafted thriller about self-deception and tragedy that's told against an eerie landscape of terrifying dislocation and isolation. Director Brad Anderson ("Session 9") goes too heavy on the film's trendy blue-gray color scheme but nonetheless delivers screenwriter Scott Kosar's script in film that's sure to inspire a cult following and withstand the test of time. Jennifer Jason Leigh is persuasive as Reznik's prostitute girlfriend and Bale's work borders on dementia. Special features include English subtitles, audio commentary by Brad Anderson, eight deleted scenes, and a making-of documentary. Aspect ratio is Anamorphic Widescreen with sound reproduction delivered in Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. (Movie - Three Stars, DVD features - Three Stars) Rated R, 102 mins. (Paramount)

June 27, 2005 | Permalink