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Review: The Machinist

Wow.

I’ve never seen anyone lose that much weight for a movie before. [tag]Christian Bale[/tag] was a walking skeleton in this movie. It hurt to watch the man move. Even [tag]Tom Hanks[/tag] looked healthier in Castaway.

Unfortunately, that was probably the most impressive thing about this movie. It seemed to move too slowly, lingering on shots that didn’t really have a pay-off. It was successful in making me curious about why Trevor, the main character, hadn’t slept in a year, but that’s really all it was: curiosity. I never really cared why he hadn’t slept.

Normally in a movie like this, I’d be going back over it in my mind, piecing together the “reality” vs. the “imagined” sections of the film. As I write this, less than an hour after seeing it, I’ve found that I really haven’t thought much about the structure in that way.

One thing they did very well was make me feel that Trevor was very fatigued, and that anything could have been [tag]hallucination[/tag]. I also felt relief along with the character when he finally gets to sleep (we presume). In the end, though, it wasn’t enough to engage me in the story.

Five stars for Christian Bale’s commitment, two and a half for the movie.

[tags]machinist, insomnia, fatigue, insanity, film, severe weight loss[/tags]

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