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“Christian Bale loses touch with reality, and over 90 lbs.”
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“Trevor hasn't slept in over a year and he's in a constant state of confusion. Is someone trying to drive him mad? Is he hallucinating? How do you wake up from a nightmare if you're
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As a bleak and chilling mood piece,The Machinistgets under your skin and stays there. Christian Bale threw himself into the title role with such devotion that he shed an alarming 63 pounds to play Trevor Reznik (talk about "starving artist"!), a factory worker who hasn't slept in a year. He's haunted by some mysterious occurrence that turned him into a paranoid husk, sleepwalking a fine line between harsh reality and nightmare fantasy--a state of mind that leaves him looking disturbingly gaunt and skeletal in appearance. (It's no exaggeration to say that Bale resembles a Holocaust survivor from vintage Nazi-camp liberation newsreels.) In a cinematic territory far removed from his 1998 romantic comedyNext Stop Wonderland, director Brad Anderson orchestrates a grimy, nocturnal world of washed-out blues and grays, as Trevor struggles to assemble the clues of his psychological conundrum. With a friendly hooker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and airport waitress (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón) as his only stable links to sanity, Trevor reaches critical mass and seems ready to implode just asThe Machinistreveals its secrets. For those who don't mind a trip to hell with a theremin-laced soundtrack,The Machinistseems primed for long-term status as a cult thriller on the edge.--Jeff Shannon
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Director: Brad Anderson
Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 22, 2004
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
Runtime: 1hr 38min
Studio: Paramount
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