Rent The Machinist (2004)

3.4 of 5 from 467 ratings
1h 38min
Rent The Machinist (aka El Maquinista) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) has not slept for a year. Wracked by exhaustion, his weary mind increasingly plays tricks on him. Then one fateful day at the machine shop where he works, he's involved in an accident and a fellow worker loses an arm. Reznik's guilt turns to paranoia when he discovers cryptic notes in his apartment and a ghostly apparition haunts his every move. Is it someone out to exact revenge for the gruesome accident? In a desperate attempt to save his sanity, Reznik must uncover the truth... but the more he learns, the more terrifying his sleepless nightmare becomes.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Julio Fernández
Writers:
Scott Kosar
Aka:
El Maquinista
Studio:
Tartan
Genres:
Thrillers
Countries:
Spain, Top 100 Films, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/08/2005
Run Time:
98 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/08/2010
Run Time:
102 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • UK Exclusive Director Interview
  • Commentary by Director
  • The Making of The Machinist
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Original Trailer

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Reviews (7) of The Machinist

Don't bother!! - The Machinist review by Kazzie

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06/03/2008

I was browsing the films and felt I had to write a little review on this. It was a while ago when I watched it but all I remember is that it is very slow, boring and not worth the watch.

I remember the plot being a little weird. Although Christian Bale is is a great actor, I think the film seems in a "b" category. I am a little phazed as to why he accepted the script!!

I think the end was ok as I recall but don't watch it unless you have a couple of hours you want to waste!!!

4 out of 5 members found this review helpful.

Tense, bleak, mysterious psychological drama - a man's descent into paranoia and hallucination - The Machinist review by RP

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06/12/2013

Unlike some other reviewers I really liked this film.

It's a sparse, bare, tale of a man's descent into paranoia and hallucination following a tragic road traffic accident where the central character's guilt causes chronic insomnia, and is only relieved by a final confession [no, that's not a spoiler].

The acting is excellent - Christian Bale excels himself, including losing so much weight for the part that he appears almost skeletal.

I found it gripping - but it won't be to everyone's taste. If you're looking for a crash-bang-wallop action film or a thriller, you won't find it here (although there are some tense moments). If you're looking for a romance, then you won't find it (although the central character is involved with two (?) women). What you will find is a tense, bleak, mysterious psychological drama - and the mystery is revealed by a series of clues that are repeated and emphasised throughout the movie until the truth can no longer be denied. Although the story is different, the atmosphere of the film reminded me very much of 'Jacob's Ladder'.

Great stuff - 4/5 stars.

2 out of 3 members found this review helpful.

Bale transformed! - The Machinist review by TB

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30/08/2017

It was shocking to learn that Bale lost 68Ibs for this role but the result, along with his incredible performance really drew you into the film and his character. The film basically depicts a man losing his mind right in front of you and is filmed in a way that makes you feel as if you're losing yours also. Until the reasons for his delusional and deteriorating state slowly play out in front of you and him for a great finish.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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