• The Machinist (2004)

The Machinist

Release Date: October 22nd, 2004

DVD Release Date: June 7th, 2005

R |1 hr 41 min

Plot Summary

Factory worker Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) suffers from insomnia so severe that his condition has taken its toll on his weight and his mental health. When Trevor unintentionally causes an on-the-job accident that horribly injures a coworker (Michael Ironside), he begins to become even more troubled. Despite a relationship with Stevie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a pretty prostitute, Trevor descends further into paranoia, blaming his problems on an enigmatic figure named Ivan (John Sharian).

Cast: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian, Michael Ironside, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Reg E. Cathey, Anna Massey

Director: Brad Anderson

Genres: Thriller

Production Co: Castelao Producciones S.A., Filmax, Fantastic Factory (Filmax)

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: 2000s, Mother, Son, Dark, Mystery, Fall, Pursuit, Love interest

Ratings & Reviews

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    A brilliantly honed tale of dementia, starring a skeletal Christian Bale as a tormented insomniac wasting away and terrorized by his irreal existence. show more

  • 88
    Megan LehmannNew York Post

    Anderson gives The Machinist a sickly noirish look that contributes to the creeping horror - but it's the emaciated Bale's spectral presence that leaves the imprint. show more

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    In the hands of a less talented filmmaker, The Machinist would have felt like a stunt. But Anderson, with a terrific assist from Bale, makes his character's plight achingly physical. show more

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