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The Machinist
       
  Release Date: 10/22/04 (Future Release)

Starring: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, John Sharian, Michael Ironside

Director: Brad Anderson

Rating: (R)
 
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Genre
  Drama, Suspense/Thriller
   
  Running Time
  90 min
   
  Distributor
  Paramount Classics
   
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NEW YORK VIEW
Christian Bale whittles himself down to a freakish, bony frame in this grim, hermetic drama about a hallucinating heavy-machinery operator. His strong, creepy performance drives some bold plot machinations that would probably grind to a halt with a less mesmerizing actor at the controls. SPOTLIGHT
“I hope Batman Begins will be successful,” says Christian Bale, “but a movie like The Machinist—it’s always going to be something that means more to me, the kind of movie that I want to be doing.” For a future action hero, Bale’s unusually frank about his intentions: He plans to do the Caped Crusader next summer, heading off for grittier works before and after. The chiseled actor, who cleansed every pore for his turn in American Psycho, certainly bulked up for the Batsuit—but only after getting himself down to a very scary 120 pounds for the role of a manic insomniac struggling to make sense of his life in The Machinist. His character, a hallucinating heavy-machinery operator with a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, won’t be made into an action figure, but he will appear in more theaters thanks to his rising profile. “If you’re able to land these leading-man roles,” says Bale, “then you’re also able to get these far more interesting lower-budget movies made. But for some reason, leading men don’t do that.” — By Logan Hill, New York Magazine

CINEMASOURCE SYNOPSIS
Trevor Reznik has not slept for a year. His every waking minute has become an unrelenting nightmare of confusion, paranoia, guilt, anxiety and terror--each of which is part of an escalating series of clues that will lead to the source of his mysterious affliction.