The Machinist (2004)

Rating: 9/10

Trevor: You know so little about me. What if I turn into a werewolf or something?

Stevie: I’ll buy you a flea collar.

We take a break from Dr Lecter this week and make space for The Machinist on Maniac Monday.

Christian Bale is Trevor Reznik, a factory worker who suffers from severe insomnia, in this mind blowing psychological thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I’m not gonna go in details of the plot because I really don’t wanna spoil it, but the final twist is woah!

This picture is known for the extreme weight loss Christian Bale went through for the role, just before building himself up for Batman Begins. He lost 28 kilos (62 pounds) over four months arriving to 54 kilos (119 pounds), considering he is 183cm (6 feet) that’s crazy! Apparently he just had “water, an apple and one cubaleweightp of coffee per day, with the occasional whiskey” – don’t get ideas out there. After the filming he had 6 months to turn into Batman using special powers such as ice cream, pizza and weightlifting. Surely not a healthy year for Chris, but after all that talking of Leo in the freezing cold and eating raw liver, I thought I’d mention how also others have gone great length for a character, just saying. (Leo we love you)

Once again, Bale is awesome. His approach to film making is so professional and dedicated, he raises acting to the next level. And the result are visible, not just physically but also in the performance since this one is probably one of the best psycho thrillers out there.

The Machinist, also starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar.

May the corn pop for you.