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The Machinist

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7.71 h 41 min2004X-Ray15
Trevor hasn't slept in a year.When notes turn up in his home and hallucinations causes an injury, he tries find out if there is plot to drive him mad or his fatigue has robbed him of reason.
Directors
Brad Anderson
Starring
Christian BaleJennifer Jason LeighAitana Sanchez-Gijon
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
John SharianMichael IronsideLarry GilliardAnna MasseyReg E. Cathey
Producers
Julio FernandezCarlos FernandezAntonia Nava
Studio
Paramount Pictures
Content advisory
Alcohol usefoul languagefrightening scenesnuditysexual contentsmokingviolence
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4.4 out of 5 stars

807 global ratings

  1. 70% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 14% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 5% of reviews have 1 stars
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Angela WelhamReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing film
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This film has been on my watchlist for years, and I finally watched it this week. It's an amazing and creative film, with an intriguing and mysterious storyline that keeps you guessing until the end. A completely unpredictable ending, with a satisfying twist. I loved it. It was bleak and dark. Christian Bale's acting is an inspiration. I would recommend this film.
2 people found this helpful
hamptoncherryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 February 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dark excellent movie exploring memory suppression
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I don't like the noir genre but this one is excellent. It goes very deep and not provides many clues to begin with. You watch a man who can't sleep. His world is falling apart around him, he keeps seeing things, accidents keep happening, he doesn't understand what is going on. Very slowly you begin to realize he is not simply ill, he is blocking something. But what it is and why he is so emaciated you will not understand until the very end. What kept me through the "unclear" faze was superb acting. I mean losing so much weight to fit into the role must have been very, very difficult. Great actor.
3 people found this helpful
Nicholas CasleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 July 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
"A little guilt goes a long way"
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"A little guilt goes a long way." So says Trevor Reznik to the waitress in the airport café at midnight.

Christian Bale, who lost 63Ibs to play the part, is Trevor Reznik, the machinist in the title. He's the worker who cannot sleep, whose life is a daze, the man slowly tortured by his own living dream. Why is he so emaciated? Why cannot he sleep? Why is he plagued by sinister tricks of the mind? So many questions; what are the answers? I'm not going to spoil it by giving them here, but suffice to say that his colleague Ivan is not all that he seems. (Bale appears in every scene and his commitment to the film is clear. How he failed to be nominated for his role is beyond me.)

The movie opens at its ending (so keep your eyes well-peeled). A languid pace is prevalent from the start. In his commentary, director Brad Anderson admits to Hitchcock being a direct influence in the making of this clever film - "the last Hitchcock movie never made". The colours are often dark, almost black/white in places with many of the colours leached out; much of it was shot at night. Sinister and curious tropes appear, such as the game of hangman, photographs from a past that was not lived, memory problems, paranoia, nosy old landladies, and cars coloured red. Just what is real and what is not? (The very useful director's commentary will point out clues that you may have missed.)

The Hitchcockian feel extends to the score, written by a Spanish composer but in the style of Bernard Herrmann. There are repetitive harp figurations and deep long breathing in the strings; even the sound of the theremin is resurrected. Anderson says that the film is "a parable about guilt". It's not a horror movie; rather it is a dark drama a la Kafka. Indeed, the screenwriter was inspired by Kafka and Dostoyevsky, and there are references to the latter in the film: Reznik is reading "Crime and Punishment" (nudge, nudge: clue!).

Because Brad Anderson had difficulties raising money in the States for his movie, it was shot in Barcelona and Andorra. But you'd never guess! This was such a surprise to me when it was explained by the director in his commentary. This explains the presence of the Spanish composer, the Spanish DoP, the French production designer, and so on. The team has performed marvels in translating the production into a convincing American milieu from a European base.

As well as the director's commentary, the extras also include a 25-minute interview with Brad Anderson, a 25-minute "making of" (with interviews with the actors and some of the production team), and some deleted scenes.
6 people found this helpful
LiseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 September 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
FANTASTIC!!
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How have I only just seen this? This is the best film I've seen in ages and I take my hat off to Christian Bale! The film is atmospheric, weird, interesting and creepy. The soundtrack adds to the atmosphere and it does a great job of looking at the world of mental health. What Christian did for this film is remarkable and I had so much empathy for the character who was severely emaciated and suffering from insomnia.
Jennifer Jason Leigh was fantastic in this too! I recommend this to film lovers and cannot understand some of the poor ratings. If you liked fight club, watch this!!
4 people found this helpful
Marn GhReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 August 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
THE ENDING WAS SO POOR
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Such a waste of money - I was lead to believe the movie was good which was why it would be worth the price but it wasn't - Much better movies out there for free!!!
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RicohReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dark, scary, brilliant. A masterpiece of tension, confusion and double takes.
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A quite outstanding movie, which has the viewer feeling like they are going through a vice like grip, that keeps tightening as the tale unfolds. Outstanding acting and a film that is so well put together, you start questioning your own sanity. Amazing.
Charles VaseyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 July 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent mystery to resolve
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There is a touch of film noir to THE MACHINIST, and a lot of Alfred Hitchcock, but mostly it is a very good mystery story that attempts to throw you off the scent by a series of shocks. The "hero", brilliantly played by Christian Bale, is obviously not a well-man, but why? How much of what we see is happening, and if it is happening is what we are seeing the actual event? Those of you driven mad by CACHÉ with its missing clues and multi-answer ending will find THE MACHINIST much better value. It shows you everything but in Eric Morecombe style not necessarily in the right order. This is a thoroughly good film if you like working out puzzles; the music is especially effective, and the acting universally excellent.
6 people found this helpful
archangelgabrielaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 June 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Incredible method acting
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Dark and mesmerising, a must-watch.

Bale plays a man crippled with guilt induced insomnia and paranoia and gives one of the best acting performances of his career.
His dedication to his craft - losing 60lbs+ to 'get inside' this character - is both spectacular and awe inspiring. Don't want to give too much away for fear of spoiling it for those who haven't seen it - but the lengths he goes to at the end to get some sleep - and by doing so explaining the reason for his insomnia - is a great twist.

I you like brooding psychological thrillers you have to get your hands on this one! Superb.
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