American Psycho (2000)


 american-psycho-dvd“I have all the characteristics of a human being: blood, flesh, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don’t know why. My nightly bloodlust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.” – Patrick Bateman

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Jul 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A yuppie in the mid 80’s becomes a serial killer as a way to climb the social scale.

My Take on it – Christian Bale has always been an extraordinary actor and this movie is further proof of that.

The problem with this movie tho is that the plot and script are so full of holes that the movie seems choppy at certain points. The plot gets so ambiguous towards the end that it becomes very incoherent.

It takes place during the mid 80’s and deals primarily with the business, personal and social drive of yuppies that caused them to constantly try to outmaneuver one another in every way possible.

One of the things that I liked about this movie was how it touched upon the theme of identity\lack of identity.

Bottom Line – Not the most coherent script and plot that leaves the viewer scratching their heads as to the ambiguity of it all. Liked the way this movie presented the idea of identity / lack of identity. Bale is amazing as usual.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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29 thoughts on “American Psycho (2000)

  1. Great review Rob.

    First time? Nice! I must say that I really enjoyed this one. I tried to read the book, and read a whole chunk of it but couldn’t get into it. Told Eric I would try again after his review stating he was not really a fan of this, I’d like to get to the core of it all.

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  2. I really enjoy this film mostly because of my love for Bale. I agree that it loses a grip on coherence towards the end. As much as I enjoy the ambiguity the film can be confusing and isn’t interesting enough for me to want to dig deep to understand all the elements.

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  4. I really liked this crazy film, but you’re right about the awkwardly incoherent final third. The book is way better than the film in this case, even though it’s so graphically violent to the point of being disgusting. Bret Easton Ellis is a strange chap!

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  5. Good review, Rob! This is one I’ve been meaning to rewatch because I’ve only seen it once and I don’t remember much. I think I pretty much reacted like you did though: Bale is great, but the story itself…meh. We’ll see how I feel after giving it another shot.

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