American Psycho (2000) 3.82/5 (4)


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Rating: The Good – 72
Genre: Satire, Thriller
Duration: 102 mins
Director: Mary Harron
Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Willem Dafoe

Brilliantly twisted film that captures the frenzied irreverence of the book in all its shades of humour and satire. Patrick Bateman is a wealthy corporate vice president who spends his days grooming himself immersed in fetid anxiety, and his nights engaged in inane social ritual that is becoming ever more numbing to him. As he states himself “Though there is an idea of Patrick Bateman….I’m just not there”. This naturally lays the groundwork to a major psychotic meltdown and that’s when all mayhem breaks lose. Though Harron’s direction is almost faultless, everything falls in the shadow of Christian Bale’s searingly funny yet deeply unhinged portrayal of the lead. You gladly hitch along for the ride as his character slips ever deeper into the abyss and when combined with Harron’s excellent timing the result is a riot of satire and wit. Just check out that ‘Phil Collins’ scene.

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