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Machinist [Blu-ray] [2004] [US Import]

Christian Bale , Jennifer Jason Leigh , Brad Anderson    Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian, Michael Ironside
  • Directors: Brad Anderson
  • Writers: Scott Kosar
  • Producers: Antonia Nava, Carlos Fernández, Javier Arsuaga, Julio Fernández, Teresa Gefaell
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 19 May 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001U0HAZM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,296 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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 turned him into a paranoid husk, sleepwalking a fine line between harsh reality and nightmare fantasy--a state of mind that leaves him looking disturbingly gaunt and skeletal in appearance. (It's no exaggeration to say that Bale resembles a Holocaust survivor from vintage Nazi-camp liberation newsreels.) In a cinematic territory far removed from his 1998 romantic comedy Next Stop Wonderland, director Brad Anderson orchestrates a grimy, nocturnal world of washed-out blues and grays, as Trevor struggles to assemble the clues of his psychological conundrum. With a friendly hooker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and airport waitress (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón) as his only stable links to sanity, Trevor reaches critical mass and seems ready to implode just as The Machinist reveals its secrets. For those who don't mind a trip to hell with a theremin-laced soundtrack, The Machinist seems primed for long-term status as a cult thriller on the edge. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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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 turned him into a paranoid husk, sleepwalking a fine line between harsh reality and nightmare fantasy--a state of mind that leaves him looking disturbingly gaunt and skeletal in appearance. (It's no exaggeration to say that Bale resembles a Holocaust survivor from vintage Nazi-camp liberation newsreels.) In a cinematic territory far removed from his 1998 romantic comedy Next Stop Wonderland, director Brad Anderson orchestrates a grimy, nocturnal world of washed-out blues and grays, as Trevor struggles to assemble the clues of his psychological conundrum. With a friendly hooker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and airport waitress (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón) as his only stable links to sanity, Trevor reaches critical mass and seems ready to implode just as The Machinist reveals its secrets. For those who don't mind a trip to hell with a theremin-laced soundtrack, The Machinist seems primed for long-term status as a cult thriller on the edge.

--Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing walk on the dark side of paranoia 5 Aug 2005
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
If you like your movies dark, depressing, eerie, mysterious, and borderline insane, The Machinist should definitely be on your "to see" list. In these days of sequel- and remake-itis, it's always a treat to find a movie that dares to be original and to walk a dark line all its own. Director Brad Anderson and Christian Bale definitely get an A+ for effort here, but I don't think the ending is quite as effective as it could have been. It's easy to cross the line when you're dancing in a dark and narrow place, and the movie went just a little too far into "the whole world's crazy and everyone's out to get me" (which, on a completely unrelated point, is my personal motto) territory before bringing everything into focus. (That doesn't stop me from giving the film five stars, however - The Machinist is worlds better than most of the junk coming out of Hollywood these days.) Speaking of effort, I don't know what to say about Christian Bale - no Fat Albert to begin with - dropping 63 pounds in order to play the character of Trevor Reznik in this film. He is painfully thin here; a few less pounds, and you could zoom him right through your copy machine and have all the Christian Bales you could want. Why is his character so thin? Well, he hasn't slept in a year, and that kind of wears on a fellow after a while.
Trent is - you guessed it - a machinist. It doesn't look like a great job, but he obviously makes a killing, as he leaves $20 tips every night at the diner and enjoys many an evening with a call girl who sort of becomes his girlfriend. Jennifer Jason Leigh is about the only pretty thing you'll see in the 102 minutes of the film. We first meet Trevor when he's approaching his breaking point. The job of machinist can be quite hazardous, especially if you work with Trevor.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime and Punishment 28 Sep 2005
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
"The Machinist" is one of the best films I have seen this year; it has great acting, a mysterious and thought-provoking plot and is visually stylish. The viewer is never quite sure if the insomniac machinist Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) is paranoid, hallucinating or being subjected to a form of supernatural mental torture as a series of disturbing events unhinge him. As the film progresses, the distinction between reality and imaginary blurs as Bale's mind becomes a hell to him. "The Machinist"is gripping and intriguing throughout and its ending will make you revisit the whole film again in your mind , a bit like "The Usual Suspects".Christian Bale's performance is remarkable as a tortured soul trying to identify the source of his torment in a loveless, isolated world where sleep and peace of mind remain constantly elusive.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original psychological thriller 6 Jun 2006
Format:DVD
This is a fairly dark, surreal, psychological thriller about an industrial machine operator living a life of solitude in his own dreamy hell.

The central character acts brilliantly through the torment and confusion. Searching out the truth following some strange events and encounters, he finds some buried information painful to discover.

Without revealing too much about the plot, it's a good story. Not so odd it's never been done before, but with some originality. The confusion is built up well, and the truth is revealed for those of us who don't latch on. When that happens, everything gets tied up neatly and you re-evaluate everything you saw, 'sixth-sense' style.

Good entertainment, and something for your mind to do. Reccomended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
An amazing performance by Christian Bale, a very good one by Jennifer Jason Leigh,
and a cool, desaturated look.

A man who has hardly slept for a year slips further and further into his own
paranoia, as he, and we, question his sanity.

It works really well as a psychological thriller, setting up a creepy, unique, dreamlike
mood for most of it's length. But the ending is so neatly ties up the loose ends in such an
obvious, 'you can see it coming' way that it takes away from all that precedes it. I was sad to
realize that ultimately, it was less smart, and about less thematically, then I kept assuming.

BTW - I've heard reports of technical/quality problems with the Blu-Ray, but
the copy I saw looked pretty perfect.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ominous and Intriguing 12 July 2007
By Eddie
Format:DVD
You may well have at least an inkling about where this film is going fairly early on, but don't expend too much energy trying to figure it out as you would be far better advised to let the film simply engage you and carry you with it. Even if I were to give away the ending, it probably wouldn't impair your enjoyment that much. But I wont.

But this is not a negative observation: The Machinist doesn't really ask you to follow a story, instead it involves you in the head-state of Resnik who, thanks to Christian Bale's extreme diet, looks very ill indeed. This is largely due to the fact that Resnik hasn't slept for a year, although I do wonder if this is biologically possible. Needless to say, he's not getting a clear perspective on things and his life seems to be in meltdown.

The depiction of mental states has seen few worthy appearances in film. Perhaps one mistake has been to attempt to realise it though use of effects: distortions, extreme camera techniques and so forth. While these may conjour up a sense of disorientation, fear and alienation, they generally fail to offer any real empathy with the character in question. The Machinist avoids these devices. Through the use of desaturated colours which range from sombre to downright sinister, along with a series of coincidences, repetitions and motifs which are often quite casual but ominous in their appearance, the film subtly allows us to sense the state of Resniks mind. The joins between what may and what may not be fantasy are seemless and this stirs up a greater sense of alienation and unease.

Many films of this type are let down by a poor resolution but the Machinist wraps things up neatly and doesn't leave you with the feeling that you've been undersold.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly made film
Brilliantly made film. Bale plays a very dark and convincing character. I Loved it.

Its different almost like the twilight zone
Published 7 days ago by emma doubell
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Ok
Published 1 month ago by Mr E Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual psychological thriller that's worth a look
I watched this purely by accident having skipped over watching it many times (after all how exciting does a film about a machinist sound? Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr Baz
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF ALL TIME . . .
This is one of the best films that I have ever seen. This is a dark and mysterious film and Christian Bale as an actor absolutely fabulous, he lost so much weight around 63 pounds... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Danni Ferrari B
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful, terrifying and complex (but not overly so),
A powerful tale that requires a little mental effort from the viewer to resolve - and all the more interesting for it. Well cast, and directed - recommmended.
Published 3 months ago by driversoft
5.0 out of 5 stars I haven't slept in a year...
Christian Bale is one of those rare actors whose devotion to his craft goes way beyond the usual "I gained/lost ten pounds, so give me an Oscar!" stuff. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Description
This is one of the greatest movies made, and I it gets better and better each time I revisited. The extras are not exceptional but then again there not bad, better then nothing. Read more
Published 6 months ago by JMA
4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising
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... Read more
Published 7 months ago by T. Prankerd
5.0 out of 5 stars Manorexia
A film which explores the various steps which lead to mental health breakdown and how it unravels as fine thread to leave big holes within everyday life. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles
2.0 out of 5 stars Tries to be a great film but fails
The Machinist is not a bad film but tries to be artistic and fails. For me the worst aspect was the dramatic background music which just didn't work and showed it's leanings toward... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kim Fowley
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