American Psycho (2000)
USA / English
"No Introduction Necessary. "A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he escalates deeper into his illogical, gratuitous fantasies.
Two Chainsaws Up
Without a doubt the most underrated movie of the past decade, "American
Psycho" is a piece of American cinema that shouldn't be missed by anyone,
regardless if they do not like the violence (which does have its reasons).
Christian Bale gives a flawless performance as the troubled, deep down
wannabe Yuppie who has psychotic, violent impulses. This is true acting
here, folks. Not phoned in Tom Crooze acting. Some people object to Patrick
Bateman narrating the movie [always a weak sign in a movie] and not letting
us figure his motives out on our own, but if you watch closely, Bale shows
us Bateman's vulnerablity through every minute of every day of his life. The
movie is at times hysterical, as his character uses dominant Alpha Monkey
behavior around the opposite sex. But again, it's all for good reason.
If not for Bale's performance, see it for the knife twisting satire of the
'80's -- from the clothes, to the hairdos, to the music [I'll never be able
to hear Phil Collins in the same way again!] The production value is rich in
'80's nostalgia from the "Black and White" set designs to the enormous
cellphones [how could we forget those?].
This is a movie that major studios are too afraid to touch. This is film
making. Remember film making? When films took you on a ride in someone's
life and you would walk away with a piece of their mind? American Psycho
doesn't have any real morals or answers, but it shows the deep psychological
insecurities some men suffer everyday. Oh yeah, and it was directed by a
woman, so all you feminists shut up!
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