Its fair to say that most people have had insomnia due to change of seasons, the odd complaint on their mind but they haven’t met Trevor Reznik (Bale) who hasn’t slept in one whole year. It’s hard to recognise Christian Bale because that’s him with his gaunt face and thin body. I want Bale’s diet regime. If you want to lose weight then ask Bale. The actors/actresses that either put on pound or drop some are nothing compared to Bale’s Reznik. Robert De Niro’s Raging Bull and Tom Hanks in Castaway proves very little. Reznik’s insomnia means that workers and bosses question drug addiction as the answer for his state of mind.
This film follows him in a severely paranoid state of mind after a sleepish Reznik doesn’t pay attention to the machinery he’s operating and as a consequence his colleague Miller (Ironside) loses his arm. Trevor starts seeing a man called Ivan who no one notices or acknowledges and he becomes the mystery that Trevor wants to solve. Ivan who drives the streets with a Pontiac Firebird acts as the prompt so Trevor can pursue him. Reznik’ s apartment is poorly maintained and rundown. He reads Dostooevsky’s “Idiot”, and he begins to discover post it notes on his refrigerator door.
He has only two friends: Maria (Aitana Sánchez-Gijón), a sympathetic waitress at the airport coffee shop he visits nightly, and Stevie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a cranky prostitute who has a soft spot for him. His vaguely romantic friendship with Maria advances a step when he accompanies her and her young son to an amusement park. But their relaxing afternoon ends in guilt-stricken horror, when he takes the boy on a funhouse ride called the Highway to Hell, and the boy suffers an epileptic fit.
“The Machinist” may be an expertly manipulated exercise in psychological horror, but that’s all it is. It’s a paranoid thriller and Bale as Reznik personifies a paranoid man who suffers hallucinations. What is real from unreal? The film wants to be creepy Hitchcock thriller from the past yet it doesn’t succeed. It’s a thriller we watch and want the film to be something slightly different..
Christian Bale as Trevor Reznik
Jennifer Jason Leigh as Steview
Atiana Sanchez- Gijon as Maria
Michael Ironside as Miller