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The Machinist [DVD] [2004]

Christian Bale , Jennifer Jason Leigh , Brad Anderson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, John Sharian, Michael Ironside
  • Directors: Brad Anderson
  • Producers: Julio Fernández
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009MWAV6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,112 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Brooding psychological thriller, starring Christian Bale. Trevor Reznik (Bale) is a factory machine-operator who is suffering from crippling insomnia. His weight has plummeted, he suffers from hallucinations, and he finds himself unable to concentrate at work, leading to a horrific accident involving one of his co-workers. Ostracised from the other men at the factory, Reznik starts finding threatening notes and begins to fear that someone is trying to kill him. Is his paranoia part of his psychological breakdown, or is it possibly justified?


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,

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original psychological thriller 6 Jun 2006
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A refreshing walk on the dark side of paranoia 5 Aug 2005
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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime and Punishment 28 Sep 2005
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"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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5.0 out of 5 stars "What's going on in that crazy head of yours?" 15 May 2009
Trevor Reznik looks like a ghost of a man, only half existing, his body is on the brink and his mind is breaking down...

...Having not slept properly for a year and seemingly having hallucinations, the grim style of directing frames a fractured story which reflects the state of mind of the antagonist. As a viewer I shared Reznik's disorientation over what he was experiencing; never quite understanding what was real and what was the creation of a damaged mind in his perceived reality. There is always a feeling that there's some unifying link between everything he is seeing, a trigger which has caused it all, and that once this is identified - order can be restored. Will Trevor Reznik recognise the significance of his mind's tricks to resolve his disorder so he can finally sleep at night?

Christian Bale shows his dedication to his art by giving a truly believable performance as the emaciated factory worker. The sense of paranoia and vulnerability comes through strong without ever being over-acted. His alienation is perfectly depicted as he becomes an outsider to the people he has worked with for so long, and Bale often says everything that needs to be said just by his facial expressions.

In a nutshell: A troubled mind is losing grip on reality, a year of sleepless nights and constant paranoia has caused a man to forget what caused the mental trauma. There are echoes of Hitchcock and dark psychological thriller Pi in this gripping film which keeps you thinking that you've solved the underlying mystery - but it's only watching everything come together in the final moments which satisfies your suspicions as the symbolism of the previous hour and a half becomes apparent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very very good film
Published 11 hours ago by Straight to the point
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 2 months ago by emma doubell
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 3 months 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 4 months 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 5 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 5 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 8 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 8 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
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