Machinist

The Machinist

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Director: Brad Anderson, Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon

Cast: Brad Anderson, Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon

     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This is a difficult movie to figure out, and it's even more difficult to recommend. But we do recommend it as one of the most absorbing character studies committed to celluloid in recent years. Trevor Reznik (a nearly unrecognizable Christian Bale) is a lonely, taciturn machinist toiling in a plant where none of his co-workers truly like him. Introverted but not unintelligent, he lives a life of diminished expectations and emotional detachment, suffering from interminable insomnia. Trevor enjoys contact with a kindhearted hooker (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and a coffee shop waitress (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) but doesn't really seem to fully connect with either of them, even though he clearly wants to. Reznik's lack of sleep has been affecting him in others ways: He's distracted by a sinister co-worker named Ivan, who may or may not actually exist. The Machinist doesn't have a formally structured story line, and it abounds in riddles and contradictions. Director Brad Anderson and screenwriter Scott Kosar concentrate on conveying Trevor's state of mind, and with Bale's help they are able to do so quite effectively -- disturbingly so, in fact. The American Psycho star, as part of his preparation, lost more than 60 pounds, and he is so painfully gaunt as to arouse viewer sympathy immediately; it's hard to figure out from the early reels if he'll make it to the fade-out. But Bale's shocking appearance, and his character's lack of concern for his physical well-being, is meant to suggest the depths of Trevor's despair. This film requires from its audience more than the usual amount of concentration, but those willing to go along for the ride will be well compensated for making the trip.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929313686
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christian Bale Trevor Reznik
Jennifer Jason Leigh Stevie
Aitana Sanchez-Gijon Marie
John Sharian Ivan
Michael Ironside Miller
Lawrence Gilliard Jackson
Reg E. Cathey Jones
Anna Massey Mrs. Shike

Technical Credits
Brad Anderson Director
Pep Armengol Casting
Alain Bainee Art Director,Production Designer
Roque Banos Score Composer
Wendy Brazington Casting
Luis de la Madrid Editor
Carlos Fernandez Executive Producer
Julio Fernández Producer
Filmtez Special Effects
Daniela Forn Asst. Director
Hector Gil Set Decoration/Design
Xavi Giménez Cinematographer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Scott Kosar Screenwriter
Albert Manera Sound/Sound Designer
Patricia Monne Costumes/Costume Designer
Antonia Nava Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. The Body
2. Awake
3. The New Guy
4. The Accident
5. No One Wants You Here
6. Make It a Double
7. Mind Games
8. Happy Mother's Day
9. You're Fired
10. Facing Miller
11. Looking for Information
12. Picture of You
13. Confronting Ivan
14. I Know Who You Are
15. I Just Wanna Sleep

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The Machinist 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Trent Reznik hasn't slept in a year. His body and mind are literally wasting away. When he becomes distracted on the job a fellow co-worker is disemembered. This description may not seem like much, but this brilliant, and haunting indie mystery/horror film is truly something to behold. Brad Anderson's (Session 9) The Machinst is a prime example of a great, non-Hollywood film. I was impressed with his previous work, Session 9, but not wowed because of the jilted structuring of the film. The Machinst's structure will have your head in knots, but pulls all the little pieces together at the end. I can't say much more about it without spoiling it. Just see it! You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First thing first: yes, Christian Bale lost sixty pounds. Yes, he looks like a deteriorating skin over skeleton. This is crucial to the films mood and story. As Trevor Reznik's life begins to unfold, we unfold with him, and we are confused by what the hell is going on. Reznik, like the viewer, is on the outside looking in. It flows naturally, and things happen that makes us wonder, "WTF?" By the end of it, it proves that even the smallest things can have a long lasting effect, mentally and physically. I highly recommend this movie, just as long as you realize that the lead, Reznik, is just as confused as you are.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When you break it down the Machinist is all about Guilt, and How "A little guilt can go a long ways". It was a great movie, and to see someone who gets so dedicated to their work, as to lose somewhere around 60-70 Lbs, when he already has a great physique. Christian say's "I like to make movies that I would want to see". I believe that Christian is proving him self to be a very diverse actor, I don't think I have seen him in the same kind of movie twice.
kenKV More than 1 year ago
Boring!
RaphaelM More than 1 year ago
Ordered, paid and didn't received, not even a refund...dissapointed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love movies with Jennifer Jason Leigh she is so talented in her roles. I thought Christan Bale did a great job, I can't wait to see him in Batman Begins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Never quite seen a movie like this before but I liked it. It wasn't boring at all and kept my interest until the very end.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
All i can say is wow, this is some movie and is one that'll be remembered. Short summary" guy w/ insomnia questions his sanity while leaving a memory behind that he tries to forget.