The Machinist

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Genre: Drama
Rating: R
Release Date: 19-MAY-2009
Media Type: Blu-RayAmazon.com
As a bleak and chilling mood piece, The Machinist gets 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 t… More >>

The Machinist

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5 Comments
  1. You are kidding me…. right?

    From the very beginning we’re all sitting there thinking this better not be another Fight Club. And boy were we in for a treat.

    I dont understand how anyone can watch this movie and convince themselves that its worthy of much praise. If anything, I was shocked by Bale’s determination and his dieticians abilities… but where does anyone come off awarding this (Sundance festival… insert every other international film festival).

    I was annoyed when Johnny Depp had a go in Secret Window and Im even more frustrated with this.

    If anything (as generic and commercial as it may sound) it highlights just how innovative and influential Fight Club was.

    To some of these stunned fish out there… have you seen Fight Club?????

    You know what really made me mad… the big block letters on the front of the DVD cover… FIGHT CLUB MEETS MOMENTO

    (how stupid is that.. might aswell write… HE GOES TO JAIL BOY GETS KILLED… tell us the whole story why dont you!!!).

    Doesnt anyone else think previews and advertisements these days reveal too much. Or are we just getting wiser.

    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. The Machinist is a retarded rip off of Flight Club and American Pshyco. The movie was boring up until the unexciting climax. Christian Bale shouldnt have wasted his time with this film or losing the weight for it. He is LUCKY he isnt type casted yet into making these types of films because this movie sucked so bad nobody is going to like it.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. This is an awesome film. Really! It is the quintessential psychotic episode portrayed by the guy who has no medication, is unknowing, has no formal diagnosis and no where to run. He slowly but so vividly spirals down the stair steps of the dark pit into raw and pure insanity. The movie portrays his footsteps ingeniously. And indeed Bale acts this out magnificently. We again have the ingenious use of a delusional and visual hallucination antagonist, like which was so beautifully utilized in Fight Club. It shouts out his paranoid delusional mental state and visual unreal images that so lusciously define authentic psychosis.

    Ah, but this plot line has grown so old over the years, but for Fight Club, Secret Window, Beau Mind, Fisher King, Donny’s Little Darko, etc. I mean, how much mileage does Hollywood seriously expect to get out of this?

    And of course, Hollywood has its typical slant. Well, and because psychosis is not a “respectable” illness, like cancer, Parkinson’s, diabetes or broken neck paralysis. No… Hollywood has thought this out long and hard and has deemed that mental illness is the gutter illness. So the film is fraught with all kinds of the typical mental illness gutter stereotypes, like bale’s live-in-hooker and his homicidal tendencies – like all mentally ill people have them – and why are we all homicidal? Well because Hollywood says so, that’s why! And of course homicidal, mentally ill psychotic people are what makes Hollywood money. And we’re talking lots of money. Well and actors too. Just ask Bale.

    Come on Hollywood, give us something more. You can do better than this. Next time, why don’t you throw in the 3 day involuntary commitment, or that a 10 mg dose of tongue dissolvable Zyprexa pops you out of this type of insanity in about 3 hours and gets us back to 50% from a 0%. Or the years and years of counseling that it takes to get yourself back to about 60%. Or the Social Security Disability that many of us will have to get on. Or the 20% that commit suicide with this type of illness. Or that our spouses will divorce us because of it. I mean, after all, this film is about the 1 percent of the population who has paranoid schizophrenia (2.5 million US people) and the 1 percent of the population who has paranoid psychotic bipolar I (another 2.5 million US people), and the 1 percent of the population who has depression with psychotic features (another 2.5 million US people), and the 500,000 mothers who have post-partum psychosis. Yea, this film is about the oppression of about 8 million US people.

    Next time, show the real story and the real suffering that all of us go through every day. Please quit running us through your Hollywood gutter. A lot of us are respectable individuals with a severe chronic incurable mental illness. And most of us are balancing 5 different medications just to survive it. We didn’t ask for this crap. Some of us are even airborne rangers. Next time, show the real deal, and then we’ll all give you more than 1 star. Have a nice day!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  4. This is an awesome film. Really! It is the quintessential psychotic episode portrayed by the guy who has no medication, is unknowing, has no formal diagnosis and no where to run. He slowly but so vividly spirals down the stair steps of the dark pit into raw and pure insanity. The movie portrays his footsteps ingeniously. And indeed Bale acts this out magnificently. We again have the ingenious use of a delusional and hallucinating antagonist, like which was so beautifully utilized in Fight Club. It shouts out his paranoid delusional mental state and visual unreal images that so lusciously define authentic psychosis.

    Ah, but this plot line has grown so old over the years, but for Fight Club, Secret Window, Beau Mind, Fisher King, Donny’s Little Darko, etc. I mean, how much mileage does Hollywood seriously expect to get out of this?

    And of course, Hollywood has its typical slant. Well, and because psychosis is not a “respectable” illness, like cancer, Parkinson’s, diabetes or broken neck paralysis. No… Hollywood has thought this out long and hard and has deemed that mental illness is the gutter illness. So the film is fraught with all kinds of the typical mental illness gutter stereotypes, like bale’s live-in-hooker and his homicidal tendencies – like all mentally ill people have them – and why are we all homicidal? Well because Hollywood says so, that’s why! And of course homicidal, mentally ill psychotic people are what makes Hollywood money. And we’re talking lots of money. Well and actors too. Just ask Bale.

    Come on Hollywood, give us something more. You can do better than this. Next time, why don’t you throw in the 3 day involuntary commitment, or that a 10 mg dose of tongue dissolvable Zyprexa pops you out of this type of insanity in about 3 hours and gets us back to 50% from a 0%. Or the years and years of counseling that it takes to get yourself back to about 60%. Or the Social Security Disability that many of us will have to get on. Or the 20% that commit suicide with this type of illness. Or that our spouses will divorce us because of it. I mean, after all, this film is about the 1 percent of the population who has paranoid schizophrenia (2.5 million US people) and the 1 percent of the population who has paranoid psychotic bipolar I (another 2.5 million US people), and the 1 percent of the population who has depression with psychotic features (another 2.5 million US people), and the 500,000 mothers who have post-partum psychosis. Yea, this film is about the oppression of about 8 US million people.

    Next time, show the real story and the real suffering that all of us go through every day. Please quit running us through your Hollywood gutter. A lot of us are respectable individuals with a severe chronic incurable mental illness. And most of us are balancing 5 different medications just to survive it. We didn’t ask for this crap. Some of us are even airborne rangers. Next time, show the real deal, and then we’ll all give you more than 1 star. Have a nice day!
    Rating: 1 / 5

  5. It’s a shame that Mr. Bale lost so much weight, at the likely expense of his own health, on such a doubleplusungood flick. Boring and predictable are not the makings of a good suspense movie. When the guy’s arm gets cut off?–C’mon, everybody saw that from a mile away. Too bad the movie ignores some other things too. Like the fact that there really aren’t any “machinist” jobs in the United States anymore (they’ve mostly been moved to 3rd world nations to exploit the slave labor); also, it isn’t likely that the kind of a guy who would be a machinist would also be the kind of a philosophical guy who’d be reading “The Idiot” by Dostoevsky. Then again, you never actually “see” the protagonist reading Dostoevsky; you just see him handling the book. A pretentious little move by the moviemaker, kind of like name-dropping in a conversation, since the message of “The Idiot” has really nothing to do with the message of this movie, unless the moviemaker simply meant the title of that Dostoevsky book, which is a pretty shallow, un-learned, un-read metaphor. Geez. And this is, after all, a movie which tries to be like a Dostoevski novel, in terms of guilt and conscious-strickenness, good and evil, yada-yada-yada. But where Dostoevsky compelled you turn the page, where Dosto fascinated, this movie simply makes you feel lousy. I think the difference is this: Dostoevsky knew there was an actual Good which should be striven for, and this was his message. This movie, however, too steeped in the existentialist zeitgeist of nowadays, offers nothing in the way of an absolute Good, an absolute Right to counter all that is wrong in this world. So it leaves you with no hope, something Dostoevsky, whose hope was Jesus Christ, would never have done.

    So if you don’t want to feel lousy, don’t bother with this flick.

    At least a comparably dark work of fiction (though infinitely better constructed), the movie and novel “1984” had a purpose to being so bleak–that work was a warning to people. This movie had no warning, because it had no message.

    In terms of filming methods, the choppy, time-jumbled method with which this film was made–well, “Memento” did it a heckuva lot better.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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