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An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.
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Trent is - you guessed it - a machinist. It doesn't look like a great job, but he obviously makes a killing, as he leaves $20 tips every night at the diner and enjoys many an evening with a call girl who sort of becomes his girlfriend. Jennifer Jason Leigh is about the only pretty thing you'll see in the 102 minutes of the film. We first meet Trevor when he's approaching his breaking point. The job of machinist can be quite hazardous, especially if you work with Trevor.Read more ›
No, this guy whittled himself down to the bone for "The Machinist," a movie where nothing can be trusted and nobody is what they seem. This is one of the movies that convincingly depicts what it's like to lose your mind, little by little, and director Brad Anderson fills the entire movie with a bleak, industrial feeling that makes you feel like you're locked in a dystopian nightmare.
Trevor Reznik (Bale) works in a factory in Los Angeles. He hasn't slept in a whole year, and barely eats anything. He's only able to keep his life organized with post-it notes. Clocks are stuck. His sole comfort comes from the nurturing prostitute Stevie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), and his nightly visits to a restaurant to speak with the beautiful waitress Marie (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón).
But strange things are happening in his life. Someone leaves a hangman game on his fridge. A coworker (Michael Ironside) loses his arm in an accident. And a mysterious new worker named Ivan (John Sharian) seems to be following Trevor everywhere -- but everyone else claims that Ivan doesn't exist. Trevor becomes convinced that a conspiracy is being built up around him, but the only way he can get to the truth is if he remembers the past...
Christian Bale is the key to "The Machinist" working as a movie. He gives a brilliant performance as a man whose life and sanity have been slowly chiseled away over a year, yet he doesn't seem to realize that anything is wrong with HIM.Read more ›
This Fight Club hallucinatory experience meets Kafka while setting it in Soviet era industrial realism look to the movie is juxtaposed by the brightness of scenes out in LA and at the uber lit up airport. The funny thing is when you check out the great "Making Of" DVD extra, the entire flick was shot in Barcelona!
Each character in this movie is fascinating and there's really no point in me explaining what this movie is about other than the effects of insomnia on someone's psyche.
Worth watching but get yourself in the mood first as it's something you can't take you eyes off of yet wonder what it is that is unfolding onscreen.
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What a haunting story. What fantastic acting. I had to search high and low to find this. Thank heaven for Amazon. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2013 by Diane Abbott