Luke Reviews – American Psycho

It took me 18 years to finally watch this film, and I’m so glad I did. Fight Club is one of my all-time favourite films, and the feel of this film is very similar to that, aka brilliant. It’s incredibly dark, and keeps you thinking as it twists and turns all the way through. Here’s a brief review:

American Psycho (based on the 1991 novel of the same name by Bret Easton Ellis), released in 2000, follows Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), a successful businessman in New York. He seems to live an ordinary lavish lifestyle filled with money and women, but he has a dark secret. He kills a lot of people.

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The tale unfolds as we see both sides of his life; his seemingly harmless rich life persona, and his -as the title suggests- psychotic killer side. Bale is brilliant and we become strangely attached to Bateman’s crazy character. Other stars in the cast are Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon and Jared Leto who do nothing but benefit the film with their authentic performances.

The film is unbelievably dark, featuring such themes as prostitution and murder, and doesn’t hold back with the grisly details. It’s messed up, it’s scary, and definitely not comfortable viewing, and it’s brilliantly filmed and written to achieve that exact effect. Despite all of this, it’s completely enjoyable. And the ending… well, you can make up your own opinions. That is, if somehow you haven’t seen this film already.

If you’re looking for a happy, cheery film, this isn’t the one for you. If you want something thought provoking, sure to shock and thrill you, then American Psycho may be what you’re looking for.

 

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