The Machinist

The Machinist

Brad Anderson (2003)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The most astonishing thing about this bleak, underplayed psychological thriller is Christian Bale's incredible physical transformation. No longer the bulked-up protagonist from American Psycho, Bale has deliberately withered to the point where his appearance is shockingly reminiscent of undernourished PoWs. Reportedly losing over 60 pounds - a third of his body weight - to get into the role, Bale plays factory worker Trevor Reznik, whose emaciated condition and chronic insomnia may be linked to a mysterious stranger and a secret from his past. Director Brad Anderson, who was behind the lens for the effectively creepy Session 9, here cultivates a similarly studied atmosphere but his determination to move everything at a pace that would disgrace a particularly slothful snail finally undermines some of the tension. Still the Theremin-heavy score, which brings to mind such cult classics as The Day the Earth Stood Still and Carnival of Souls, is appropriately weird.


A factory worker suffering from chronic insomnia has not slept properly in more than a year. When his extreme fatigue results in a tragic accident, his colleagues turn on him and he sinks into a state of intense paranoia, becoming obsessed with a man nobody else believes exists. Psychological thriller, starring Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Ironside.

Cast & Crew

Trevor Reznik Christian Bale
Stevie Jennifer Jason Leigh
Miller Michael Ironside
Marie Aitana Sanchez-Gijon
Ivan John Sharian
Mrs Shrike Anna Massey
Jackson Larry Gillard Jr
Jones Reg E Cathey
Director Brad Anderson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: TartanGuidance: Violence, swearing and nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray