The ZONE genre worldwide books movies
the science fiction
fantasy horror &
mystery website
 
 
home  articles  profiles  interviews  essays  books  movies  competitions  guidelines  issues  links  archives  contributors  email

The Machinist (2005)
Director: Brad Anderson

review by Debbie Moon

Factory worker Trevor Reznik has big problems. He hasn't slept - at all - for something like a year, he's wasting away, and his only friends are sentimental prostitute Stevie and sinister workmate Ivan. When he befriends a diner waitress and her young son, things seem to be looking up - but then he causes an accident that maims another worker, and when he blames Ivan for distracting him, he's told that no one of that name or description works there...

But Ivan continues to haunt him, and Trevor's attempts to work out who he is and what he wants only uncover things he'd rather not know. Is Ivan some part of himself that he's repressed, and if so, what is his dark half trying to tell him?

Most of the publicity for this film went on actor Christian Bale's dramatic weight loss, and certainly, Trevor's shrunken body is a disturbingly graphic representation of his mental state. But there's a lot more to this to this intricate puzzle of a movie than that, and Bale's haunted, fragile performance is terrific, and John Sharian, as the repulsive, gloating Ivan, provides the perfect foil for his journey of self-discovery. Anderson finds menace in the simplest of everyday situations, and expertly keeps us unsure about Trevor's sanity for most of the movie.

When the secret is finally revealed, it does seem almost too simple; too ordinary to have merited such trauma, but even if your intellect feels a little cheated, the ending remains emotionally satisfying. The Machinist is an atmospheric, chilling little movie that's a must for thriller fans.
The Machinist

Please support this
website - buy stuff
using these links:
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com
Send it
W.H. Smith

home  articles  profiles  interviews  essays  books  movies  competitions  guidelines  issues  links  archives  contributors  email
copyright © 2001 - 2005 Pigasus Press