The Machinist (2004), starring Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh.
This is a story of a blue collar worker, haunted by something, although we are not quite sure what.
Christian Bale plays the lead in this movie, a man who is being chased by inner demons. He hasn’t slept for a year. He eats, but he is rapidly losing weight. He seems caught up in a web being spun around him, tangled in conspiracy, paranoia and lies. As the movie progresses, we follow the threads and learn the roots of his problems.
This is a movie, not full of action, but full of intrigue. It is well put together, a good script, excellent direction and fantastic acting.
Perhaps the greatest aspect of this movie is Bale’s performance. To play this role, he literally starved himself. He looks like a Holocaust survivor and weighed 120lbs for filming. Although us at T-Nation cannot encourage a body like that, we must admire the discipline required to make that transformation. (What is even more impressive is to see him @ a year later as a buffed Batman).
This movie has similarities to both Fight Club and Momento (both on my must see list). Although the plot of each is very different, all center on a man trapped within his own mind, trying to figure out just what is going on. If you enjoyed those movies, you will like this one as well.