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American Psycho Movie Review

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Weird movies seem to be falling out of the sky a lot these days, and American Psycho is no other. You can read in other reviews how this is a masterpiece of 1980's social satire. All I will say here is that American Pscyho is not a horror film and it is not a thriller; it is a twisted comedy that makes fun and points out the problems in society, and what happens when one of Wall Street's upper class members loses it.

Christian Bale is Patrick Bateman, a vice president of a stock brokering company. He makes millions of dollars, he eats in the finest of restaurants, and he hangs out with the city's finest. He thrives to be the better man, and that is his downfall. While he can't imagine being anyone else, he hates his life and the constant pressure to be better. He can't stand to have a cheaper business card than his coworkers. Christian Bale is Patrick Bateman, and what I mean by this is that as Anthony Hopkins is Hannibal Lecter, Christian Bale is Patrick Bateman. Bale delivers such a raw and terrific performance I can't see any other actor (such as Leonardo DiCaprio, who was at one point going to do the role) playing him. Bateman plays the perfect businessman and the perfect psychopath simultaneously, and yet, in some weird way, I feel sorry for him. Well, maybe not when he's running around naked with a chainsaw and blood is dripping from his lips.

American Psycho is not for the squeamish. There is a lot of sex (maybe too much sex), a good deal of bloods, and several, several murders. The chainsaw scene is probably the best out of the entire movie, as it shows just how maniacal Bateman is, and how viscous he is. But, strangely, it is not the murdering or the blood that makes American Psycho so hard to hold down. It is the fact that it almost makes a joke out of what is happening to this guy, and what he is doing to relieve his psychotic tendencies.

Sometimes, American Psycho may be moving a little slow, but it picks up once he kills his first victim. His rampage continues to increase until it just an onslaught of death, and then suddenly the movie is turned upside down with one of the most confusing endings I have ever seen. I am not saying it is a bad ending at all - it is quite good - but I am still confused in writing this review. If someone could maybe email me to explain it, I would appreciate it, because I am at a loss. I think I know what this "little" ending is trying to say, and it made for good discussion on the way home from the theater, but I am not sure. And maybe that was intended.

American Psycho is about as dark as a comedy can get, and it is as funny as a serial killer movie can get. Congrats to the people who are responsible for this twisted and morally wrong film, yet I can't seem to shake the feeling that I am a little let down by the results. I am go psychotic just trying to work out the ending.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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