Although this 2004 drama/mystery/thriller is
an altogether good movie, perhaps the most amazing part of it is Christian
Bale's performance. He lost 63 pounds for the role, going from the 180's
to 120 pounds. Had he not, no amount of special effects would have been
near enough to make him as convincing in the role.
Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) operates a
lathe at a machine shop. He has a case of severe insomnia and hasn't slept
in a year. Eventually this takes its toll, and Trevor is indirectly
responsible for an industrial accident at work, in which a man loses his
As things go on, Trevor begins to doubt his
own sanity as events become more bizarre and he becomes friends with a
co-worker that everyone else at work claims does not exist. During this
time, his relationship with Stevie (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a hooker that
he frequents, grows into something more than that of a client, but Trevor
soon reaches the point where he doesn't know what is real and what is not.
This is an incredible movie, and unlike some
of this type, everything is actually revealed and made clear at the very
twisty ending. The caps are from the Blu-ray version.
|Jennifer Jason Leigh