The Machinist (2004)

Dir. Brad Anderson
Starring: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, etc.

Joel probably has the best chance, followed by Tony, Penny, Chris and possibly Kevin and Mitchell. Objectively, this film should probably get a 6, but my own reaction was more like a 5.

Any time Jennifer Jason Leigh is in a film several things immediately come to mind: 1.) This is an independent film; 2.) This is a weird/off-beat film; 3.) and/or she will be playing some weird/off-beat character. Well the impression proves true in this film. The film is strange, but not in an inaccessible way to mainstream audiences. The story is a machinist (Bale) who has insomnia. He turns to two women, a prostitute (Leigh) and a waitress () at a late night diner during these moments. But strange things to happen when a new appears at his work. If I had to describe the film in one sentence, I’d say it was David Lynch doing Dostoevsky.

Now had I not seen the film that description would appeal to me. But the main reason I didn’t care for the film was that I anticipated the ending—not all of the details, but even when the details were revealed, it didn’t make the story any more interesting for some reason. Perhaps, because I like and am familiar with Lynch and Dostoevsky, the story seemed stale.

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