The Machinist

  • The Machinist
  • Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, John Sharian, Michael Ironside
  • Directed by Brad Anderson

Christian Bale (American Psycho) dropped sixty-three pounds off his already trim frame to play a drill-press operator tormented by insomnia. Director Brad Anderson tightens the screws of suspense, but it's Bale's gripping, beyond-the-call-of-duty performance that holds you in thrall.

From The Archives Issue 400: July 21, 1983

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