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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian, Michael Ironside
  • Directors: Brad Anderson
  • Writers: Scott Kosar
  • Producers: Antonia Nava, Carlos Fernández, Javier Arsuaga, Julio Fernández, Teresa Gefaell
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Release Date: June 7 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007Y08QA
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An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 13 2006
Format: DVD
If you like your movies dark, depressing, eerie, mysterious, and borderline insane, The Machinist should definitely be on your "to see" list. In these days of sequel- and remake-itis, it's always a treat to find a movie that dares to be original and to walk a dark line all its own. Director Brad Anderson and Christian Bale definitely get an A+ for effort here, but I don't think the ending is quite as effective as it could have been. It's easy to cross the line when you're dancing in a dark and narrow place, and the movie went just a little too far into "the whole world's crazy and everyone's out to get me" (which, on a completely unrelated point, is my personal motto) territory before bringing everything into focus. (That doesn't stop me from giving the film five stars, however - The Machinist is worlds better than most of the junk coming out of Hollywood these days.) Speaking of effort, I don't know what to say about Christian Bale - no Fat Albert to begin with - dropping 63 pounds in order to play the character of Trevor Reznik in this film. He is painfully thin here; a few less pounds, and you could zoom him right through your copy machine and have all the Christian Bales you could want. Why is his character so thin? Well, he hasn't slept in a year, and that kind of wears on a fellow after a while.

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.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2014
Format: DVD
Christian Bale is one of those rare actors whose devotion to his craft goes way beyond the usual "I gained/lost ten pounds, so give me an Oscar!" stuff.

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.
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By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 7 2009
Format: DVD
If there is any doubt of Christian Bale's dedication to his "craft" check this movie out. The guy literally looks like an Auschwitz victim in The Machinist.

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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