Film Reviews: “American Psycho” (2000)


Starring Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, and Chloe Sevigny.

Patrick Bateman (Bale) is a young, healthy, and successful New York business man. Perfection on the outside. So, what exists on the inside?

“I have all the characteristics of a human being: flesh, blood, skin, hair; but not a single, clear, identifiable emotion, except for greed and disgust. Something horrible is happening inside of me and I don’t know why. My nightly blood lust has overflown into my days. I feel lethal, on the verge of frenzy. I think my mask of sanity is about to slip.”

“American Psycho” takes a look at a man who has lost his mind, as if he once had one. He murders with axes and chainsaws while blasting music by artists such as Huey Lewis, and Genesis. When one of Derek’s colleagues tuns up missing, Detective Donald Kimball (Dafoe) comes around asking questions. How long can Derek wear the mask?

Messed up and impressive performance by Bale. Interesting insight into the mind of a killer told through an elitist individual everyone trusts and wants to associate with. Sometimes what is projected on the outside is the exact opposite of what’s inside.

3.5 out of 4.0 stars.


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