American Psycho 2000

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Bret Easton Ellis' disturbing novel is brought to the screen by Mary Harron. In 1987, twentysomething Wall Street broker Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) seems to have it all: he is handsome, successful and engaged to the beautiful Evelyn (Reese Witherspoon). However, Patrick is also engaged in an affair with Courtney Rawlinson (Samantha Mathis) - his colleague's fiancée - and at night indulges in a confused orgy of drugs, pornography, prostitution and murder fantasies. When Patrick is outshone by a rival at a board meeting, he takes out his frustration by knifing a man sleeping rough in the street. This sparks off a descent into violence and madness, with Patrick embarking on a bloody and random killing spree.

Starring:
Reg E. Cathey, Reese Witherspoon
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Reg E. Cathey, Reese Witherspoon, Chloe Sevigny, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Josh Lucas, Cara Seymour, Matt Ross, Bill Sage, Monika Meier, William Sage, Jared Leto, Samantha Mathis, Stephen Bogaert, Justin Theroux, Guinevere Turner, Ma, Blair Williams
Director Mary Harron
Genres Horror, Thriller, Crime
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 30 October 2000
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Reg E. Cathey, Reese Witherspoon, Chloe Sevigny, Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Josh Lucas, Cara Seymour, Matt Ross, Bill Sage, Monika Meier, William Sage, Jared Leto, Samantha Mathis, Stephen Bogaert, Justin Theroux, Guinevere Turner, Ma, Blair Williams
Director Mary Harron
Genres Horror, Thriller, Crime
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 16 February 2015
Main languages English
Subtitles English

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
It would be hard to find a more scathing indictment of the 1980s than "American Psycho." You know, that book about the murderous yuppie.

And if anything, the movie is even more wonderfully brutal than Brett Easton Ellis original book -- a scathing, unnerving movie that swings between savage violence and hilariously sick social satire. But what really makes it work is Christian Bale, who is utterly perfect as the titular American psycho. Every smile, snarl and twitch from this man is utterly perfect.

Patrick Bateman (Bale) is the perfect yuppie -- he has a high-paying job and a beautiful fiancee (Reese Witherspoon). He dines at all the best restaurants and goes to the best clubs. He keeps his body, New York apartment and wardrobe in perfect condition, and gives detailed descriptions of his designer clothes, beauty products and music collection.

But when his associate Paul (Jared Leto) flaunts a business card that is superior to Bateman's, it sends him into a psychotic rage -- first he kills an old man and his dog, then he cheerily axes Paul to death. A detective named Donald Kimball (Willem Defoe) investigates Paul's disappearance, but doesn't seem to connect Bateman to the man's disappearance despite his many lies.

As the days roll by, Bateman's homicidal urges begin to spiral out of control as he kills more and more people, descending deeper and deeper into his own bloody madness. Will he finally be caught for his crimes, and will his insanity finally swallow him up?

It sounds like a cliche, but "American Psycho" is all about the emptiness of a life without real substance. Every part of Patrick Bateman's life is carefully chosen for the image it gives him.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful By M. Appleton on 19 Jun. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
An adaptaion of a novel of the same name, American Psycho stars an excellent Christian Bale as the strutting, Narcissistic corporate high-flyer Patrick Bateman (a nod to Norman Bates?), in a mind-numbingly artficial and greed-obsessed mid '80's. His colleagues and acquaintances (and, indeed, Patrick himself, as he admits in the beginning) are completely hollow, devoid of any emotion and concerned only with prestige enhancing finery like business cards and restaurant reservations.
Patrick is different, however, in that he occasionally breaks free of this drudgery by committing deranged and brutal murders (in an almost whimsical fashion). The balance between Patrick's smooth facade and his psychopathic cravings begins to collapse, and this is where we join the movie.
Bale's performance is outstanding. He shows all the characteristics of a serial killer (obsessive neatness, ridiculous over-articulation and a pedantic hyperanalysis of everything from business cards to Phil Collins albums) but in an incredibly subtle and underplayed way, as befits someone who is trying to keep this in check. Interestingly, the one person he can't bring himself to kill might well be the only genuine human being in the film: his secretary (Chloe Sevigny).
As with many films made in the early noughties, there is a twist towards the end which only reinforces Patrick's overwhelming normalness and is completely believable having listened to his opening speech.
A very intelligent and stylish film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ChuckFadanoid on 2 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
Bret Easton Ellis's novel American Psycho had me transfixed. I've never read such a relentlessly claustrophobic, un-nervingly intimate piece of writing. It's taken me until now to check the film, mainly because I stubbornly refused to believe any director in the world could make one that did the book justice...and this doesn't. For a start the whole movie plays out like a kind of amusingly ironic parody - something I never got from the deadpan, sadistically clinical atmosphere of the book. You could almost imagine this big screen adaptation as a stage play, all the characters here seem too affected and theatrical to be real. Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman just doesn't seem right. He's too suave and charismatic, almost flamboyant at times - pretty much the opposite of how I imagined him from the book.

Okay, I'll shut up about the book for a minute...Is this a bad film? No. It's well directed, visually striking, has its own original style, is suitably nasty in places and manages to be reasonably engaging from start to end. Christian Bale actually gives a commendable performance, within the context of the film. However I'd still tell anyone whose never seen the film or read the book, to get the book and not even bother watching this.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Oz on 30 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
This movie was rather misinterpreted by the adverts for it when it was released; it is technically a horror film but in truth, it is much more comical than the creepy adverts made out. The story follows successful, nigh-on-perfect Patrick Bateman, a handsome business man who by day lives a tedious life in constant competition with his colleagues over ridiculous things such as who has the best business card and who can get the best reservations. Yet behind this montonous but normal life, Patrick is losing his mind and spends his nights succumbing to an ever-growing bloodlust and paranoia. Christian Bale couldn't have been a more perfect choice for this role; he delivers every line brilliantly. The supporting cast is also spectacular; Jared Leto plays an arrogant, ultimately doomed colleague, Chloe Sevigny is Bateman's shy secretary and the one person who seems to 'get' him. Reese Witherspoon makes brief but brilliant appearances as his fiance. Bateman's murder sprees are much more amusing than they are disturbing (watch out for him running around naked wielding a chainsaw) and provide a few good laughs, as does his obsession with looking good. Any movie that can have the killer taking time to exfoliate and make it work is a winner in my book! The story is highly original; I won't deny that I was completely lost in the last 5 minutes of the film but it's so entertaining I didn't even mind. This is a top quality film made even better by superb acting and directing. Buy it.
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