25 August 2015

American Psycho

American Psycho 2000
  • Director: Mary Harron
  • Based on Book: by Bret Easton Ellis
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas, Bill Sage, Chloë Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, Matt Ross, Jared Leto, Willem Dafoe, Cara Seymour, Guinevere Turner
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor/actress in:
    • Christian Bale – Public Enemies, I’m Not There, Terminator Salvation, The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Prestige, Equilibrium, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Velvet Goldmine, Little Women, Swing Kids, Henry V
    • Justin Theroux – Six Feet Under, Mulholland Drive, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, I Shot Andy Warhol
    • Josh Lucas – Undertow, A Beautiful Mind, You Can Count on Me
    • Bill Sage – Precious, I Shot Andy Warhol
    • Chloë Sevigny -  Zodiac, Broken Flowers, Manderlay, Dogville
    • Reese Witherspoon – Wild, Walk the Line, Legally Blonde, Pleasantville
    • Samantha Mathis -  Little Women
    • Matt Ross – Good Night and Good Luck, The Aviator, Six Feet Under, Face/Off
    • Jared Leto – Requiem for a Dream, Girl Interrupted, Fight Club, Black and White, The Thin Red Line,
    • Willem Dafoe - Spiderman, Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Manderlay, Paris je t’aime, American Dreamz,  The Aviator, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, eXistenZ, Lulu on the Bridge, The English Patient, Wild at Heart, Cry Baby, Born on the Fourth of July, Mississippi Is Burning, The Last Temptation of Christ, Dear America, Platoon, Streets of Fire
    • Cara Seymour – An Education, Hotel Rwanda, Gangs of New York, Adaption, Dancer in the Dark, You’ve Got Mail
    • Guinevere Turner - Dogma
  •  Why: Christian Bale, included in a box with Equilibrium, recommended by friend KA
  • Seen: 22 August 2015 

If it weren’t for Christian Bale I wouldn’t watch this. It sounds awful and I’ve not read the book because I tend not to like rich Wall Street yuppie psychotic murderers.
He is definitely a sicko, this guy Patrick. But so are the rest of the Wall Street gang he works and hangs out with. It’s a sick society.
Christian Bale is incredibly good as the gorgeous, narcissistic, charming, vicious, sadistic killer who philosophises about the political and social importance of 80’s pop hits as he tortures and kills his victims. It’s utterly fascinating to watch him fall apart. And realise that nothing is as it seems. Or is it?
Christian Bale’s performance is 5 * of 5 but it’s still about a rich Wall Street psychotic murderer. Not a subject I enjoy, even if it’s some kind of statement on our warped society. So

2 * of 5

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