With Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto, Josh Lucas, Samantha Mathis, Matt Ross, Bill Sage, Chloe Sevigny, Cara Seymour, Justin Theroux, Guinevere Turner, Reese Witherspoon
Directed by Mary Harron

Finally this long awaited controversial novel got the celluloid treatment. Sure the excessive violence, brutality and sadism of a self-obsessed 80s Yuppie on a private killing spree is toned down immensely for the film version of Bret Easton Ellis' best seller, but that in itself adds to the film's satirical mystique. The boredom of young successful Wall Street financial broker Patrick Bateman has him meanders through a fog of social events, trendy restaurants, designer clothing labels and the total and utter pretentiousness of it all. There is never a shortage of money and fun can be bought without flinching. Patrick's inner demons come out in his lust for murder and maiming. This anti-hero is played marvelously by Christian Bale who, since his debut in Spielberg's
Empire Of The Sun, had been pretty selective in choosing his roles. Most recently he was in the phenomenal Velvet Goldmine and the villain in the updated Shaft. Here, you love to hate him as he disfigures and murders prostitutes and homeless people, axe colleagues (literally), maim animals and cheat on his airheaded fiance. This film is a vivid and biting modern horror that doesn't only poke fun at the privileged and their carnivorous ways, but also reflects on how wrapped up man can be with himself, unaware of the madness surrounding us - not a finger lifted to alter the status quo. This altered state of excess gnaws at Bateman's brain as he sinks deeper and deeper into his depraved blood drenched alter ego. The added features on the South African release are a little disappointing for such a cool film. You get cast biographies and a featurette. A commentary track on how the writer and director approached the work would've been great. Still, can't beat the old wide screen format.

5 / A
- PB

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A - B
- C

never let a review decide for you, but for those who need a rating, see the Flamedrop scale below
6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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