June 21, 2005

The Machinist

I found the first ten minutes or so of this psychological thriller starring Christian Bale to be very difficult to watch. Bale lost over 60 pounds for the role and he looks ... well, emaciated. But that choice unquestionably adds something to this film, and it fits with the mysterious tone that is well-developed throughout by the writing, visuals, music, etc. And Bale's performance is quite good. This is a movie I think Hitchcock would have really liked, though it also has a Lynchian moment or two. I wouldn't say I deeply enjoyed it. But for what it is, it's very well done. Oh, and for you Jennifer Jason Leigh fans out there, she's in it as well.

Posted by armand at June 21, 2005 11:19 AM | TrackBack | Posted to Movies

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