American Psycho (2000)




Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Justin Theroux, Jared Leto, Bill Sage, Josh Lucas, Chloƫ Sevigny, Reese Witherspoon, Samantha Mathis, Matt Ross, Cara Seymour, Guinevere Turner, Stephen Bogaert, Monika Meier, Reg E. Cathey

Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a wealthy investment banker living in Manhattan in the late 1980s.
In his private life, Patrick is a meticulous person who devotes much time to daily exercises and beautification.
By day, his life is based on business lunches, cool clubs and meetings with friends. At night, along with drug use, his frustrations explode, bringing out the envy towards colleagues, the affective dryness towards women and his insanity, turning him into a serial killer, killing whoever bothers him and keeping parts or entire bodies hidden in his apartment.

Handsome and sick are the proper words for Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman. This film describes in detail emotional and cognitive processes of a psychopath, with a good attempt at psychological introspection of the character, highlighting the characteristics of this disease: envy, omnipotence and affective dryness. I disagree with those who think American Psycho is vulgar and almost pornographic (Ed. moralists). Christian Bale's acting skills are sublime.

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.


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