The Machinist, a masterpiece of psychological horror

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Brad Anderson has created a truly modern masterpiece of haunting with The Machinist.

Christian Bale gives possibly his most committed performance to date as Trevor Reznik, a man who disappears before our eyes in body and mind.

Shot on an incredibly tight budget with a stripped-down aesthetic by cinematographer Dan Lausten, it is a harrowing and intimate character study.

Kronos Quartet's haunting score keeps the viewer on edge from the start.


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As Reznik's insomnia accelerates with each sleepless night, he pulls you down the rabbit hole.

Jennifer Jason Leigh and Aitana Sánchez-Gijón are the film's mainstays, perfectly counterbalancing Bale's nerves.

The heartbreaking climax offers an ambiguity with few answers but many questions for the soul.


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Bale dropped a staggering 63 pounds to fully inhabit Reznik's consumed body, delivering perhaps the most committed performance ever filmed.

The Machinist is a masterpiece of psychological horror that will mark you forever. A film that will get under your skin.