Christian Bale’s skeletal frame is almost unbearable to watch. For his role in The Machinist, he crash-dieted down to a shocking 120 lbs/55 kilos. This is one of many elements that give this outstanding mystery thriller its ominous, dreamlike tone.
Bale’s performance is pitch-perfect. The screenplay by Scott Kosar original and mysterious. The desaturated cinematography by Xavi Giménez grim and menacing. The strong supporting cast includes Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Ironside. These elements are married together perfectly by Brad Anderson’s direction.
The Machinist: one of the best films of the past decade.
As always, we recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching this trailer:
Title: The Machinist
Direction: Brad Anderson
Screenplay: Scott Kosar
Cinematography: Xavi Giménez
Editing: Luis de la Madrid
Score: Roque Baños
Stars: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian, Michael Ironside, Anna Massey, James DePaul, Larry Gilliard, Jr., Reg E. Cathey
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