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The Machinist (2004)

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Coming Out at 11 November 2004 in theaters

Drama, Thriller

The Machinist is psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. The film stars Christian Bale and features Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian, and Michael Ironside in supporting roles. The film is about Trevor Reznik (Bale), a machinist whose insomnia and psychological problems lead to a serious workplace accident involving a co-worker (Ironside). After Reznik is fired, he goes into a downward spiral of guilt, paranoia and delusion. The film was well-received by critics, particularly for Bale’s performance. It is an international co-production of Spain, the United Kingdom, France and the United States.

Trevor Reznik (Christian Bale) is a machinist whose insomnia has led to him becoming emaciated. His appearance and behavior keep his coworkers away, and they eventually turn against him when he is involved in an accident which causes his coworker, Miller, to lose his left arm. Trevor, who was distracted by an unfamiliar co-worker named Ivan, is blamed for the accident. No one at the factory knows of Ivan and there are no records of him.

Trevor seems to find comfort in the arms of Stevie, a prostitute with genuine affection for him, and with Maria, a waitress at an airport diner he frequents. He is haunted by brief flashes of recurring imagery, and things such as his car cigarette lighter take on a menacing air. A mysterious series of post-it notes appear on his refrigerator, depicting a game of hangman.

Director: Brad Anderson

Writer: Scott Kosar

Stars: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian, Michael Ironside

Cast:

Christian BaleTrevor Reznik
Jennifer Jason LeighStevie
Aitana Sánchez-GijónMarie
John SharianIvan
Michael IronsideMiller
Lawrence Gilliard Jr.Jackson
Reg E. CatheyJones
Anna MasseyMrs. Shrike
Matthew Romero MooreNicholas
Robert LongSupervisor Furman
Colin StintonInspector Rogers
Craig StevensonTucker
Ferran LahozGonzales
Jeremy XidoEvangelisti
Norman BellDMV Clerk
Nancy CraneWaitress
Richard TorringtonRadiologist
Buffy DavisMarge
Reg WilsonBartender
Ramon CamínDetective
Christopher HoodDrunk
Marc AspinallInspector Daniels
Guillermo AyesaOld Fisherman
Daniel CerenPedestrian
Marta RubioWoman in Crowd
Ewan WatsonMan in Crowd
Chike JohnsonYoung Policeman
Molly MalcolmTicket Agent
Jaume MimóMan in Stall
Flora ÁlvarezWoman in Stall
Juan Carlos GuzmánExtra
Ina LizaExtra
James DePaulReynolds
Oliver MoonFactory Worker

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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