A little guilt goes a long way...
The Machinist is the story of Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who is dying of insomnia. In a machine shop, occupational hazards are bad enough under normal circumstances; yet for Trevor the risks are compounded by fatigue. Trevor has lost the ability to sleep. This is no ordinary insomnia...
The tricky thing with this film is that if you do not let yourself be taken in by the tense and dreamlike atmosphere, this film will probably not work for you. For me, it was an engrossing experience from the beginning; haunting, intriguing and ultimately very surprising.
While the plot can easily be summarized in one sentence, it never detracts from the very strong narrative that drives it. We are slowly emerged in the disturbing state our protagonist is in and with him we descend into his pool of sorrows and troubles. For he is troubled and I love the fact that the film very effectively hides from its audience the exact nature of his woes.
This is an atmosperic…
I can't tell you how fat this movie makes me feel.
I must admit, Brad Anderson truly hit the jackpot in casting Christian Bale and John Sharian. Both performed and acted brilliantly, the dedication Bale put into this role was monumental, providing a much more authentic experience. Along with a sensationally deviant film plot involving entirely around an Insomnia ridden machinist with a very deranged imagination. A movie that enraptures the viewer to confounding proportions. Fantastic.
Christian Bale is Trevor Reznik, a lathe-operator who suffers from terrible insomnia and hasn't slept in a year. As he finds it increasingly more difficult to fit in with anyone either at work or home his life deteriorates into paranoia. He meets a deformed co-worker who only he seems to have met, and from here he is plagued by a number of confusing situations as he attempts to piece it all together and find out what is really going on. An amazing story, excellently told, with a superb performance from Bale who, as you will see, put more into this role than any before. The Machinist is a dark, complex, and gripping mystery that you will not forget in a hurry. Lends itself to repeat watches with its barrage of subtle images and clues. An absolute must see film!
All a lot of people talk about when it comes to this film is Christian Bale's dramatic weight loss to play the part of insomniac Trevor Reznik. However this does a great disservice to the quality of Bale's acting. He is simply outstanding.
Great mindbending film, but Christian Bale is why you shoud see this. He completely becomes his character and presents such a real portrait of a disturbed man. He is simply fantastic. Easily his very best performance to date.
What a fantastic performances from Christian Bale and such dedication he gave to the role! His transformation is outstanding, but his acting shows just as much as effort as his weight loss. But the story is also fantastic, making a very competent thriller.
a very good story allways wins. love the performance of Christian Bale plus his effort and dedication by making his character so genuine.
Having not slept for over a year, industrial worker Trevor Reznik begins to interact with people and see things that are out of the ordinary. While trying to prove that the mysterious Ivan is real, he begins to question his own sanity. What is real, and what is a figment of his sleep-deprived imagination starts to become unclear.
‘The Machinist’ has become famous for being THAT Christian Bale film where he’s dangerously thin. And, guys, Christian Bale is dangerously thin in this film; scarily so. That’s literally the only reason I had for wanting to see the movie, as I had no idea what the film was about, or what it’s critical and commercial standing was.
And yes, Bale’s performance…
It suffers a bit from the obvious mystery - like Black Swan (am I glad I decided to space those two out a little) it's clear from the early stages that our protagonist is only in cards-at-Christmas touch with reality. However, it's well done with a stunning performance from Christian Bale and more than enough interest elsewhere.
Yet another insanity/amnesia picture.
Otra buena actuación de Christian Bale, particularmente pienso que tiene mejores, pero se le adjudica lo mucho que adelgazó para este papel.
En cuanto a producción, fue algo muy ténue, no hicieron falta grandes escenarios; pero la oscura fotografía y la edición que le dieron le supo dar ese aspecto más lúgubre, que conjunto a la musicalización supo conservar el misterio.
La trama se centra en Reznik, un hombre con tal insomnia que tiene 1 año entero sin dormir, mientras la paranoia lo empieza a dominar por el sentido de culpa de un acto pasado. El concepto y la revelación del final no es demasiado impactante, pero durante el desarrollo logra mantener la tensión en todo momento. No me aburrió en absolutamente ningún segundo, pero no creo que valga la pena un segundo vistazo.
Finally saw this. Good, stylized, and unsettling. Felt like modern Hitchcock. Not a gotcha twist ending, but a satisfying mystery with haunting imagery.
It's funny how strongly a simple story that unfolds in a well directed, just-disorienting-enough manner succeeds. I'm not sure if that's a testament to this film, or just a lament about so many others.
A (laughably predictable) cross between Lost Highway and Memento.
Lost Highway was amazing. Memento was fantastic. So how is this so average? I guess its the director.
Christian Bale make the case for actor of his generation. A bit predictable by the end, but everything leading up to it is unsettling. Unlike anything else out there. Skin and bones thriller.