STARS: Christian Bale, Jared Leto, Willem Dafoe.
The film is about a psychotic murderer living the high life as a New York investment banker, constantly battling with his own sanity and always failing to resist his insatiable thirst for violence. He claims to be able to only experience two emotions in life, hate and greed… He roams around with his posy of investment bankers who appear, on the outside, to be just like him.
The movie follows his lavish lifestyle where money is no object and vanity is essential. The setting of the film is either a luxury apartment, a nightclub or the executive office that Christian Bale’s character, Patrick Bateman, works in. Patrick Bateman can basically get away with anything, simply because he’s wealthy. This is very fortunate for him, as he has an insane lust for murder, something you see a fair few times in this movie. The film kind of pokes fun at the upper class and how materialistic people are which can be pretty hilarious in the film. Yes, that’s right, the film does actually have a slightly comedic side to it, but blink and you’ll miss it.
Patrick Bateman is a man desperately trying to fit in to society in the hope of gaining sanity. He is constantly trying to better himself in this story through exercise, diet and whatever else people feel is necessary to live the good life, and he is never happy with how he is. You would be sorely mistaken if you assumed this film was like your typical cut throat thriller.
This is 100% one of those films that is unfair to categorise into an action or a thriller or a horror etc. It belongs in its own league with films like Fight Club, Shawshank Redemption, American Beauty and other classics. This is without a doubt one of Christian Bale’s best performances of his entire life, you will see nothing of him in this film that you recognise in his other pictures like Batman or The Prestige… Then again, maybe his character in Equilibrium is slightly similar… forget I said anything. Nonetheless this performance is incredibly unique.
They were actually going to cast Leonardo DiCaprio in this, until he decided to star in The Beach instead. As much respect as I have for Leo, Christian Bale was definitely the better choice for this film, because I doubt any-one alive could have played this part better. (Oh look, I know a fact!!)
This is essentially one of the most mind-blowing, thought-provoking, explosive movies I have ever put myself in front of!
To not see this film is like to not hear the ocean or to go through your life having never loved. This film is in no way romantic but you instantly fall in love with the forcibly present character that is Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) as he immerses you into his life, which is anything but ordinary (sorry, I’ll stop being weird now).
Can it be gruesome?
Yes. Some parts are pretty disturbing.
Can I watch this with family?
Not really, it would cause quite a few awkward moments.
Why is it such a big deal?
This film is honestly unlike 99% of other films in a great way. It has to one of the best films ever made and you only achieve that by being different.
I cannot recommend this film enough to any-one, unless you are extremely squeamish of course. I wish I could tell you this film is my gift to you but that would be to deny the credit to Mary Harron (The Director). Enjoy!