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Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is a Wall Street yuppie, obsessed with success, status and style, with a stunning fiancee (Reese Witherspoon). He is also a psychotic killer who rapes, murders and dismembers both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or purpose. Based on the controversial novel, the film offers a sharp satire to the dark side of yuppie culture in the '80s, while setting forth a vision that is both terrifying and chilling.
The Bret Easton Ellis novel American Psycho, a dark, violent satire of the "me" culture of Ronald Reagan's 1980s, is certainly one of the most controversial books of the '90s, and that notoriety fueled its bestseller status. This smart, savvy adaptation by Mary Harron (I Shot Andy Warhol) may be able to ride the crest of the notoriety; prior to the film's release, Harron fought a ratings battle (ironically, for depictions of sex rather than violence), but at the time the director stated, "We're rescuing [the book] from its own bad reputation." Harron and co-screenwriter Guinevere Turner (Go Fish) overcome many of the objections of Ellis's novel by keeping the most extreme violence offscreen (sometimes just barely), suggesting the reign of terror of yuppie killer Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) with splashes of blood and personal souvenirs. Bale is razor sharp as the blank corporate drone, a preening tiger in designer suits whose speaking voice is part salesman, part self-help guru, and completely artificial. Carrying himself with the poised confidence of a male model, he spends his days in a numbing world of status-symbol one-upmanship and soul-sapping small talk, but breaks out at night with smirking explosions of homicide, accomplished with the fastidious care of a hopeless obsessive. The film's approach to this mayhem is simultaneously shocking and discreet; even Bateman's outrageous naked charge with a chainsaw is most notable for the impossibly polished and gleaming instrument of death. Harron's film is a hilarious, cheerfully insidious hall of mirrors all pointed inward, slowly cracking as the portrait becomes increasingly grotesque and insane. --Sean Axmaker
Really? I ddin't see this when it was in the theaters or first came out on DVD. Watching it just confirmed the reasons why. Read morePublished 15 hours ago by Randy Given
This is a very good and gruesome movie. I enjoyed it a lot. If you like the movie check out the book.Published 4 days ago by Ra's al Ghul
This movie is an absolute masterpiece in so many ways. It is an absolutely brilliant satire of late 80's yuppie culture - one that is not only deeply disturbing, but is also darkly... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Saz
Great movie, great price, perfect condition and fast shipping. 5 stars from me :)Published 25 days ago by Alexander Leonard
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Is the uncut Oz version similar to the US uncut version ?
Apr 19, 2010 by Kamil Othman | See all 2 posts
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I just watched this movie off of HBO and a sneaker tying scene wasn't in it. It certainly says some interesting things about his character, though.
Aug 16, 2007 by Francis Turturici | See all 5 posts
I think that somewhere there is simply a typo. I do not think there is another "uncut" version. I'm sorry if I'm incorrect, but no one else has bothered to post.
Sep 2, 2008 by A. Jackson | See all 4 posts
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