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The machinist (El maquinista) - Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijón, Brad Anderson

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Movie propaganda

A little guilt goes a long way...

Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale), a machinist, has lost the ability to sleep. But this is no ordinary insomnia. Trevor has not slept in a year. Fatigue has led to a shocking deterioration of his physical and mental health. Suspicious of his appearance, Trevor's co-workers first shy away from him, then turn against him after he's involved in a shop accident that costs a man his arm. They blame Trevor for the accident. He has become a liability to himself and others, and now they want him out.

Plagued with guilt, Trevor's shame becomes suspicion, then paranoia, when it appears his workmates are conspiring to have him fired - or worse. First he finds cryptic notes left in his apartment. Next he's told that a mysterious co-worker involved in the accident doesn't exist.

Are these mysteries part of a plot to drive Trevor mad? Or is it fatigue that's robbing him of his reason?

Determined to find an answer, Trevor investigates the strange occurrences that are turning his world into a sleepless nightmare. Yet the more he learns, the less he wants to know.

Persons of interest

  • Christian Bale .... Trevor Reznik
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh .... Stevie
  • Aitana Sánchez-Gijón .... Marie
  • John Sharian .... Ivan
  • Michael Ironside .... Miller
  • Larry Gilliard Junior .... Jackson
  • Reg E Cathey .... Jones
  • Anna Massey .... Mrs Shrike
  • Matthew Romero Moore .... Nicholas
  • Robert Long .... Supervisor Furman
  • Colin Stinton .... Inspector Rogers
  • Craig Stevenson .... Tucker
  • Ferrán Lahoz .... Gonzales
  • Jeremy Xidu .... Evangelisti
  • Scott Kosar .... Screenwriter
  • Brad Anderson .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

The machinist would be a more compelling film if it hadn't been preceded by Memento and 21 grams. You do get to see Christian Bale looking so thin you could blow him over with a butterfly - and not a special effect in sight. Talk about dedication (or insanity, but you have to be insane to be an actor).

Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes, sexual references, medium level coarse language, medium level violence)

Surveillance time

102 minutes (1:42 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 2 June 2005
DVD rental: 15 September 2005

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