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Review of American Psycho (2000)

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I have to return some videotapes.

A psychological thriller of epic proportions. Christian Bale has surely impressed me with his acting chops in this one. I loved every single second, and although there are a few sexual scenes, I didn't mind. Bale certainly hammed up his part as psychotic serial killer (or is he?) Patrick Bateman, while Willem Dafoe made us wonder if he actually bought Bateman's excuses or was he completely oblivious as he portrays Detective Donald Kimball, who is assigned to the murder case of Bateman's co-worker, Paul Allen, who in turn is played by Jared Leto. To cap off the cast is Reese Witherspoon as Evelyn Williams, Bateman's perky but completely unsuitable fiancee, and Chloe Sevigny as Jean, Bateman's secretary who seems to fancy him.
The movie is a constant rollercoaster, as director Mary Harron takes you through the life of a true American psycho who happens to part of the upper class society. Although we know that Bateman's dad seems to own the company he is working for, we don't actually see him DO any work aside from planning and dispatching his victims with cool, calculated passion.
Directing: perfect. Acting: flawless. Storyline: Riveting. I must say, despite having a dark, gloomy atmosphere althroughout, the film kept me glued to the screen and to Bale's every move. If you're into thrillers and a true-blue Balehead, you shouldn't miss this one.
I wouldn't be surprised if it goes to the American Film Institute's Top 100 Movies of All Time List. ;D
Added by moviebuffgirl
7 years ago on 27 July 2010 15:53

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