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Trevor Reznik, a machinist, has lost the ability to sleep. But this is no ordinary insomnia. Trevor has not slept in a year. Fatigue has led to a shocking deterioration of his physical and mental health. Suspicious of his appearance, Trevor’s co-workers first shy away from him, then turn against him after he’s involved in a shop accident that costs a man his arm. They blame Trevor for the accident. He has become a liability to himself and others, and now they want him out. Plagued with guilt, Trevor’s shame becomes suspicion, then paranoia, when it appears his workmates are conspiring to have him fired or worse. First he finds cryptic notes left in his apartment. Next he’s told that a mysterious co-worker involved in the accident doesn’t exist. Are these mysteries part of a plot to drive Trevor mad? Or is it fatigue that’s robbing him of his reason? Determined to find an answer, Trevor investigates the strange occurrences that are turning his world into a sleepless nightmare. Yet the more he learns, the less he wants to know.
: Drama / Mystery / Thriller
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Lo and behold this dark and dangerous movie! The remarkable "The Machinist" is a movie where the main character gets pulled right to the bottom of emotional despair following a mysterious accident.
Christian Bale must be one of the most promising actors to come to the big screen lately. His remarkable acting talent in this movie is really something to look forward to, especially if you're really looking forward to gorge on a true-blue, ultra-rich and sensational film to satisfy your thriller craving.
"The Machinist" is the gripping tale of Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale), who has lost the ability to sleep. Fatigue slowly eats him and drives him to despair and instability. Recurring accidents cause Reznik's co-workers to shun the troublesome Reznik. But he is convinced that perhaps there's something more to the mysterious notes he's been getting at his home and the giant co-worker that only he can see. Slowly, Reznik begins to question if these mysteries are part of a plot to drive him mad or whether it is simply fatigue that is robbing him of his reason.
Batman Christian Bale looks like he really needs to add more cheese in his salad as the star looks alarmingly thin, haggard and pale in "The Machinist". Bale's shrinking weight only emphasises in contrast his heavyweight acting. The actor truly has the potential to become a huge star, as proven by his top-notch acting in this movie. Bale practically carried the entire weight of this movie on his own shoulders. In fact, one can say that the talented Bale is moving closer than ever to Hollywood's sparkling hall of fame.
Aside from Christian Bale, the story of "The Machinist" is a winner in itself. I'd say it's 2005's Most Rocking Movie. "The Machinist" is an entertaining movie with just a little touch of gore that may make your stomach turn a little, but other than that minor disturbance everything else is fine with this movie. The colour of the movie is virtually black as the cinematography in this movie is mostly gloomy, just like the tone of it. So the disgusting scenes are NOT too visually horrible, just in case one is wondering how exactly horrible the movie is.
This is ultimately a movie to beat all other movies, leading the pack of all psychological thrillers.
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