After watching The Machinist, I found out the film was a Spanish production. No surprise here as the film has a different type of atmosphere that didn’t feel like your typical American “psychological thriller.” The Machinist director Brian Anderson certainly got the film’s nightmarish feeling down. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mr. Anderson studied at the film school of David Lynch. Director Brian Anderson put a lot of emphasis on mood which few directors are capable of nowadays.
Christian Bale’s character having the name Trevor Reznik is no surprise. The Machinist looks like it could have been a feature length Nine Inch Nails video minus pseudo-dark industrial music. Trevor Reznik, despite probably only weighing about 100 pounds, is obviously much tougher than NIN man Trent Reznor. Trevor Reznik is easily Christian Bale’s most mentally deranged acting role to date. Nobody has ever denied Bale’s superb performances at playing a psycho. It makes me wonder when Bale will do something crazier in his public life than just assaulting his mother and sister.
The Machinist does have it’s faults and a fairly weak ending. I really hope they weren’t trying to make another Fight Club with this film, but my suspicious lead me to believe so. The Machinist had the potential to be a great film but is just a good film. Christian Bale gives it his all acting and director Brian Anderson, unlike most American directors, cares about actually directing. I can only assume that Fantasy Factory, the producers of the film, got in a way of the films production. Producers have a way of destroying films because they tend to hate art and love mediocrity.