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I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.
A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
Driver: Do you like Mary Harron’s adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho?
Snooty Film Analyst: It’s OK.
Driver: The later scenes are a little too abstract for my tastes, but when Bateman’s monologuing carries on throughout all 102 minutes, I think it really comes into its own, commercially and artistically. The whole film has a clear, crisp look, and an old sheen of consummate professionalism that really gives Andrzej Sekula’s cinematography a big boost. Mary Harron's been compared to David Fincher in the final scenes, but I think Mary has a far more bitter, cynical sense of humour.
Snooty Film Analyst: Hey, Driver.
Driver: Yes, Analyst?
Snooty Film Analyst: Why are their notes scattered around the place concerning theories…
Christian Bale deserved an Oscar.
Sorry this review is so short, I have to return some videotapes.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Harold, it's Bateman, Patrick Bateman. You're my lawyer so I think you should know: I've killed a lot of people. Some girls in the apartment uptown uh, some homeless people maybe 5 or 10 um an NYU girl I met in Central Park. I left her in a parking lot behind some donut shop. I killed Bethany, my old girlfriend, with a nail gun, and some man uh some old faggot with a dog last week. I killed another girl with a chainsaw, I had to, she almost got away and uh someone else there I can't remember maybe a model, but she's dead too. And Paul Allen. I killed Paul Allen with an axe in the face, his body…
So that was rather surprising.
The first time I watched this was not long after I had read the book. The book left me shocked, bewildered and in awe of the deeply dark and gruesome satire Brett Easton Ellis had written. It highlighted an era that focussed on self improvement, image and acquiring wealth. Ellis' novel comments on this in the most horrible way, through the completely and utterly insane Patrick Bateman. This is perhaps the shallowest and vilest protagonist I've ever come across in a novel. And he has to be as the true strength in Ellis' novel is that he condemns him and what he stands for. It is too easy to go along with the controversy surrounding…
A social satire on the materialistic, self-obsessed & money-driven yuppie generation of 1980s America that also mocks male narcissism in the process, American Psycho presents a community made up of people who have all the luxury that money can buy yet no individuality of their own, a world where everyone looks, dresses & acts exactly the same, and measure themselves only by their external appearances & material possessions.
Based on the novel of the same name, American Psycho tells the story of Patrick Bateman; a wealthy, narcissistic & material-obsessed investment banker living in New York during the late 1980s who's a stereotype of the yuppie generation and leads a secret life as a serial killer. But the mask of outer perfection he's put up…
Sorry about the length in advance.
I watched this film a few years ago and thought, “I got it. He really isn’t Patrick Bateman. Big whoop.” I return to this and realize how little I knew. American Psycho is a masterpiece. It examines American society (specifically 80s Wall Street yuppies) in the most uproarious and horrific light possible. It’s dark and sardonic, but thoroughly entertaining. I shouldn’t be laughing at someone being killed or a related comment, but it absolutely slayed me. Bale is the highlight, but its overall craftsmanship and themes should be commended as much.
There are two BIG questions people ask about American Psycho
1. Did Patrick Bateman really exist?
2. Did Patrick Bateman or whoever Bateman…
We all posses demon inside us, its on us either we take over demon or demon take over us. We are like coins, two sided, good or bad, after tossed only one side is up either heads or tails, this is best expression of bad side rises and good side get suppressed. And about acting, i am amazed by that shade of him, Christian Bale's acting is as if that character rightfully belong to him only.
Por fin pude ver este clásico que tenia pendiente desde hace muchísimo tiempo y como me esperaba no me decepciono, me gusto mas de lo que me imagine, no se si fue por la actuación de Bale que le quedo demasiado bien o por la historia como tal. Muy buena.
"Try getting a reservation at Dorsia now, you fucking stupid bastard!"
This movie is all sorts of fucked up, but it's brilliant. Christian Bale's performance is both parts chilling and entertaining. Bale said he used Tom Cruise's persona and Nick Cage's performance in 'Vampire's Kiss' as his influence. It all makes perfect sense....
I have to give my partner credit for noticing what a great, subtle performance Cara Seymour gives in her nearly dialogue-free role as a prostitute. In her second encounter with Patrick Bateman, in particular, you get a clear sense of her being resigned to whatever horrible things are probably going to happen to her, and the entire sad series of events that led her to that point, just by looking at her. Mary Harron also deserves a lot of credit for that kind of attention to detail - I don't want to reduce it to "Only a woman would notice that kind of thing," but if Oliver Stone had directed the movie (as he was originally supposed to), I doubt the prostitute character would be as nuanced.
Excelente caricatura de uma personagem com um nível cultural acima da média, que se movimenta num meio onde a ostentação e o culto da imagem imperam. Esmagadora interpretação de Christian Bale e óptima banda sonora, dando força a esta crítica social velada cheia de referências a filmes de terror do passado.
Christian Bale delivers the performance of a lifetime in this ridiculously entertaining film that works on multiple levels.
What makes Christian Bale so great is that he manages to play: (1) the smarmy yet oddly charismatic business man; (2) the psychotic yet gleeful serial killer; and (3) a remorseful, pathetic, and utterly insane creature to either be pitied or disgusted with. And Bale plays all of these roles to absolute perfection.
On the one hand, American Psycho is a highly farfetched story about a ridiculously charming serial killer who keeps getting away with extravagant murders. On the other, American Psycho is a social commentary inside the mind of a bored psychotic who wishes he could unleash his murderous urges on the people he despises, which is everyone but himself. Either way, American Psycho is a brilliantly fun film.
אני בקושי יכולה לכתוב ביקורת כי כל כך הרבה דברים רצים לי בראש בעיקר שזה גאוני
יצירת מופת מדהימה וגאונית ואני לא יודעת אם להוסיף את זה לסרטים האהובים עליי כי אני לא יודעת אם אני יותר מאוהבת או נחרדת
אני כל כך גאה שביימה את הסרט הזה אישה ולא סתם, מרי הארון המוכשרת
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This scathing satire on yuppie culture and masculinity is made even better with Christian Bale giving the performance of his career. An intruiging film and an intersting adaptation American Psycho will leave you questioning yourself.
No matter how many times I watch this I can never get a clear grasp on the ending. This is one of Bale's finest performances. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to return some video tapes.
For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
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