What can I say but WOW. This is an amazing movie but oh so difficult to watch. Directed by Brad Anderson from a script by Scott Kosar, it is a psychological thriller that delves deep into the heart of someone, who is essentially moral, trying to come to grips with his past. Christian Bale is so skinny in his Trevor Reznik role that he is painful to look at. For those who only know him for his invigorating reprise of the Batman role, you should him in 3:10 to Yuma or in this role: the man is an incredibly talented actor. I also thought Jennifer Jason Leigh was flawless as Stevie and John Sharian was way cool as Ivan.
This is most definitely not a movie for the kids but it is an important film and one that can be easily dismissed because of some of the harsher elements that make it up. But, for those with sincere interest in realism and honesty in film, you simply can’t do much better. Certainly, my wife and I will be thinking about it for a while.
Here’s an interesting quote from the IMDB site:
The Machinist’s writer, Scott Kossar, loves “Nine Inch Nails” and his original script had a quote from their lyrics on the first page. He always wanted the soundtrack to be written by NIN, but the director didn’t want the movie to go in that direction. Nine Inch Nails’ only official member is Trent Reznor, thus the name of Christian Bale’s Character, Trevor Reznik.
I’d love to know what the quote is. I wonder if it was from my favourite NIN song, Hurt. Probably not but I haven’t been able to find out for sure.