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Machinist, The

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Darkly arresting psychological thriller about a skeletal machine operator (Christian Bale) suffering from chronic insomnia, whose fragile psyche is edged toward madness by the presence of a menacing co-worker (John Sharian), and whose only solace is found in the companionship of a sympathetic coffee-shop waitress (Aitana Sanchez-Gijon) and a comforting call girl (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Director Brad Anderson's grimly stylish meditation on guilt and paranoia is dripping with nightmarish noir atmospherics and bleak moodiness and is highlighted by a mesmerizing performance by Bale, who lost a jaw-dropping 63 pounds for the role. Several instances of violence, including a gruesome amputation, sexual situations with nudity, as well as recurring rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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