Commitment, thy name is Christian Bale.
Fervently embracing method acting, the already-lean British star skips special effects, shedding 60+ pounds for real as a man losing his sanity.
Haunted by the past, deeply disturbed by the present, his factory worker drifts, unable to sleep, sure that a vast conspiracy is out to get him.
Tantalizing clues pop up, such as the sticky notes left on his refrigerator — an appliance that seems to be falling apart as quickly as the man who no longer has any interest in the food possibly stored inside.
Bleak and traumatizing, The Machinist is great feel-bad cinema.