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"What's going on in that crazy head of yours?",
This review is from: The Machinist  [DVD]  (DVD)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.
Location: Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK.
Top Reviewer Ranking: 62