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The Machinist, 2004

The Machinist
Directed by: Brad Anderson
Written by: Scott Kosar
Language:  English
Country:  Spain
Runtime:  101 min
MPAA Rating:  R
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The mood of The Machinist is mind bending, stylized, and bleak. The plot centers around a losing-it hero, uncovering the truth, and obsession. It is a drama, independent, and thriller movie. Stylistically, The Machinist is nonlinear, is surreal, and involves twists and turns. In approach, it is serious and realistic. It happens in contemporary times. The Machinist is known for being critically acclaimed and an award winner. Note that it includes nudity, sexual content, and profanity.

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Christian Bale delivers one of cinema's most sacrificial performances in Brad Anderson's mesmerizing... more

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Language: English
Country: Spain
Release date: 17 December 2004
Runtime: 101 min

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Christian Bale Christian Bale As Trevor Reznik
Jennifer Jason Leigh Jennifer Jason Leigh As Stevie
Aitana Sanchez-Gijon Aitana Sanchez-Gijon As Marie
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Director Brad Anderson tightens the screws of suspense, but it's Bale's gripping, beyond-the-call-of-duty performance that holds you in thrall.
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A brilliantly honed tale of dementia, starring a skeletal Christian Bale as a tormented insomniac wasting away and terrorized by his irreal existence.
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Great performances, great lighting, great thickly-layered style... but for what? The psychological thriller genre is getting really tired and really repetitive. This is just another boring and predictable story, wrapped up in an artificial...
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06.January.2011 |  by: hlt
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The machinist
insomnia is bad
20.September.2010 |  by: wildsoft
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This movie has a good concept behind it but does not deliver. Do not waste your time watching it.
04.July.2010 |  by: jlighthall
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jlighthall rated this title
Steeped in hard shadows and corrosive beauty, this disturbing movie depicts the shrinking inner world of an insomniac unable to bear an unexplained guilt. Filmed at in Spain at a defunct factory and among little-known cities, the settings seem...
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31.October.2009 |  by: thattherepaul
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This movie is worth seeing just to see Christian Bale's transformation into an unrecognizable stick figure of a man. Not only that, it is shot beautifully and the way the story unfolds is brilliant. It makes you feel uncomfortable and almost dirty...
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11.October.2009 |  by: Brandon
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Brandon rated this title
Bale lost a record 63 pounds to achieve his holocaust-like frame in The Machinist. 63 pounds! He ate a steady diet of one can of tuna and one apple... per day! The result is an eerie and haunting shadow of a man. Bale's performance was the icing on...
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09.October.2009 |  by: Ethan Clapham
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A movie that slowly draw you in. Of course Christian's transformation into the character is amazing and the whole cast is wonderful. A enjoyable movie.
10.August.2009 |  by: gkam
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gkam rated this title
Well, Bale definitely believed in this role to lose that weight because he was frightening looking at how thin he was. That aside, the movie itself definitely is dark, it reminded me somewhat of Jacob's Ladder in the strangeness of the setting and...
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30.March.2009 |  by: Parker in MN
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Top notch film that consumes you in a dream-like world of a man ruined by something he is unsure of. Great setting with a nice twist of an ending. I felt this film was overlooked and held up well nest to a film like Memento. It made me a complete...
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22.March.2009 |  by: prozac pop
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Haunting, harrowing, fully depressing portrait of a man. Bale has never been better; his transformation is complete. The pacing is deliberately slow...it's agonizing in a good way. Brad Anderson hit this one way out of the park. Queue it, watch it,...
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20.March.2009 |  by: sethdellinger
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the definition of bleak
Christian Bale gives an amazing performance here in this dramatic and psychological movie. Although it is not easy to watchl, this very well made and brilliantly acted film is one you should watch. You will not forget such a movie.
28.September.2008 |  by: barak gilon
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