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The Machinist (2003)

Cast: Christian Bale, Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, more...
Director: Brad Anderson, Brad Anderson
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Foreign, Independent, Spain
Running Time: 101 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Brad Anderson directs the psychological thriller The Machinist, a production of Spain's Filmax company. Christian Bale plays Trevor Reznik, a factory lathe operator who has developed a serious case of insomnia. Lack of sleep has already started to wear down on his brain and his body. When he's involved in an accident at work, his co-workers turn against him. He starts to find strange notes in his apartment and see people that apparently aren't there. Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as call girl Stevie. The Machinist premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, All Movie Guide

Read GreenCine's exclusive interview with Brad Anderson.

Difficult to typify or classify, Anderson's films continue to draw critical buzz but not always a big audience. His highly praised and rather dark film The Machinist did little to change that pattern, but gained a new appreciation upon its DVD release. The director looks back on his work so far and to the future, including a rumored Crazies remake, in an engaging chat with Alison Veneto. Full Article >>

GreenCine Member Reviews

Falling Away by talltale June 9, 2005 - 4:58 AM PDT
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Yes, Christian Bale lost a lot of weight for this movie (a scary amount, in fact) but the film itself is not some "independent" answer to Jenny Craig. THE MACHINIST may seem to be about paranoia, leading the viewer to ask what is going on. It takes the entire movie to answer that question, and then it's not "what" but "why" that's important.

Director Brad Anderson ("Next Stop Wonderland," "Happy Accidents," "Session Nine") never seems to repeat himself, and while each film may vary in quality, they're all above average; this, along with "Wonderland," represents his best. The muted color palette, rich performances and subtle writing and direction make "The Machinist" one of the most pleasing movies about paranoia that I have seen. Instead of closing in on itself (as do most in this genre), it finally expands--suddenly and brilliantly--taking its lead character and the viewer along with it.

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