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3rd Jan '16 11:09:45 AM spirasen
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* FreezeFrameBonus: When Reznik follows Ivan in the tunnel, he spells the license plate, CRN 743, to report it later to the police. Then he almost smash into a camper, and slows down. [[spoiler: His own plate is briefly seen : [[SdrawkcabName NRC 347]], foreshadowing Ivan is himself.]]

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* FreezeFrameBonus: When Reznik follows Ivan in the tunnel, he spells the license plate, CRN 743, plate "CRN 743," to report it later to the police. Then he almost smash smashes into a camper, and slows down. [[spoiler: His own plate is briefly seen : seen: [[SdrawkcabName NRC 347]], 347,]] foreshadowing Ivan is himself.]] ]]



* GroinAttack: Miller gets tired of Reznik's accusations rather quickly. Reznik limping across the street while clutching his testicles is one of the more [[BlackComedy amusing]] scenes in the film.

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* GroinAttack: Miller gets tired of Reznik's accusations rather quickly. Reznik limping across the street street, while clutching his testicles is one of the more [[BlackComedy amusing]] scenes in the film.



* ImaginaryFriend: The [[spoiler:giggly, bald Cajun guy]] turns out to be [[spoiler:a figment of the protagonist's guilty conscience]]. And the [[spoiler: airport waitress/single mother the protagonist chats with]] turns out to be [[spoiler:a manifestation of the mother whose son he recklessly killed with his car and fled the scene. The son of the "waitress" is a manifestation of the boy the protagonist killed.]]

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* ImaginaryFriend: The [[spoiler:giggly, [[spoiler: giggly, bald Cajun guy]] guy,]] turns out to be [[spoiler:a [[spoiler: a figment of the protagonist's guilty conscience]]. conscience.]] And the [[spoiler: airport waitress/single waitress / single mother the protagonist chats with]] with,]] turns out to be [[spoiler:a [[spoiler: a manifestation of the mother mother, whose son he recklessly killed with his car car, and fled the scene. The son of the "waitress" is a manifestation of the boy the protagonist killed.]]



** [[spoiler:"I'd like to report a hit and run" when Trevor finally regains his memories and comes to terms with his crime.]]
** Trevor has the exact same conversation with Stevie (a call-girl) and with Maria late on. This is a clue that [[spoiler:Maria doesn't exist and his only in his imagination]].
-->'''Stevie/Maria:''' Are you okay?\\

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** [[spoiler:"I'd [[spoiler: "I'd like to report a hit and run" when run." When Trevor finally regains his memories and comes to terms with his crime.]]
** Trevor has the exact same conversation with Stevie (a call-girl) call girl) and with Maria late on. This is a clue that [[spoiler:Maria [[spoiler: Maria doesn't exist and his only in his imagination]].
-->'''Stevie/Maria:'''
imagination.]]
-->'''Stevie / Maria:'''
Are you okay?\\



'''Stevie/Maria:''' If you were any thinner you wouldn't exist.

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'''Stevie/Maria:''' '''Stevie / Maria:''' If you were any thinner you wouldn't exist.



* {{Motif}}: The left-hand and right-hand paths. Might be symbolically relevant considering [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_Hand_Path this.]]

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* {{Motif}}: {{Motifs}}: The left-hand and right-hand paths. Might be symbolically relevant considering [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_Hand_Path this.]]
3rd Jan '16 10:58:07 AM spirasen
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To play Reznik, Christian Bale famously [[DyeingForYourArt lost 63 lbs]] to look like an emaciated shell of a man. He described the experience of near-starvation as strangely peaceful. After that harrowing experience, Bale bulked up to truly superheroic dimensions to play [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Batman]] (before losing weight ''again'' to appear in ''Film/TheFighter'').

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To play Reznik, Christian Bale famously [[DyeingForYourArt lost 63 lbs]] to look like an emaciated shell of a man. He described the experience of near-starvation near starvation as strangely peaceful. After that harrowing experience, Bale bulked up to truly superheroic dimensions to play [[Film/TheDarkKnightSaga Batman]] (before losing weight ''again'' to appear in ''Film/TheFighter'').
''Film/TheFighter.'')



!!This film provides examples of:

* AmusementParkOfDoom: When Reznik takes Marie's son Nicholas into the Route 666 "funhouse", which is mostly a terrifying display of criminals being executed for their crimes. Eventually, Nicholas suffers an epileptic fit and Reznik has to abandon the ride to drag him out of there.
* AnArmAndALeg: Miller, continuing the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxFejgU0GkY odd tradition]] of MichaelIronside losing limbs.

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!!This
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film provides examples of:

* AmusementParkOfDoom: When Reznik takes Marie's son Nicholas into the Route 666 "funhouse", "funhouse," which is mostly a terrifying display of criminals being executed for their crimes. Eventually, Nicholas suffers an epileptic fit fit, and Reznik has to abandon the ride to drag him out of there.
* AnArmAndALeg: Miller, continuing the [[http://www.[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxFejgU0GkY odd tradition]] of MichaelIronside Creator/MichaelIronside losing limbs.



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Trevor will be spending the foreseeable future in prison, but he's finally come to terms with what he did, and began on the long road to psychological recovery]].
* BlackComedy:

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Trevor will be spending the foreseeable future in prison, but he's finally come to terms with what he did, and began on the long road to psychological recovery]].
recovery.]]
* BlackComedy: BlackComedy:
3rd Jan '16 10:52:54 AM spirasen
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* MeaningfulName: The main character's name is Trevor Reznik, which subtly invokes both [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] (who records dark and creepy music) and Darryl Revok (a character in [[Film/{{Scanners}} a different dark and creepy movie]]). In fact, the actor who played Revok, Michael Ironside, is in ''The Machinist''. He plays another machinist. "Reznik" also means "butcher" in several slavic languages.

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* MeaningfulName: The main character's name is Trevor Reznik, which subtly invokes both [[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]] (who records dark and creepy music) music), and Darryl Revok (a character in [[Film/{{Scanners}} a different dark and creepy movie]]). In fact, the actor who played Revok, Michael Ironside, is in ''The Machinist''. Machinist.'' He plays another machinist. "Reznik" also means "butcher" in several slavic languages. Slavic languages.



* {{Motif}}: The left-hand and right-hand paths. Might be symbolically relevant considering [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_Hand_Path this]].
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Reznik, being increasingly unstable, being a {{Jerkass}} to Stevie and Miller. The latter was a particularly cringe-inducing example, the man lost his ''arm'' because of Reznik's sleepiness and tried real hard to let it pass and not bear a grudge. He welcomed Reznik to his property and, when Reznik verbally assaulted him due to his paranoia, he's looking like he's in a real struggle to keep his composure. He eventually punched him in the groin and told him to leave, a reasonably mild response.
* NoOSHACompliance: A literal example, when the shop manager chews a co-worker out for taking time to lock out a machine for maintenance, Reznik quotes the regulations to him, the manager tells him to "write your Congressman." Later,[[spoiler: the same co-worker is fixing a machine when Reznik accidentally turns it on and it rips his arm off.]] TruthInTelevision all too often, especially for small shops with tight profit margins looking for ways to cut corners.
* NoteToSelf: The sticky notes, including the [[spoiler:hangman game, which he should have written himself]].
* NothingButSkinAndBones: Reznik has become a walking corpse over the years [[spoiler:due to repressed guilt slowly driving him insane.]]

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* {{Motif}}: The left-hand and right-hand paths. Might be symbolically relevant considering [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left_Hand_Path this]].
this.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Reznik, being increasingly unstable, being a {{Jerkass}} to Stevie and Miller. The latter was a particularly cringe-inducing cringe inducing example, the man lost his ''arm'' because of Reznik's sleepiness and sleepiness, tried real hard to let it pass pass, and not bear a grudge. He welcomed Reznik to his property and, property, when Reznik verbally assaulted him due to his paranoia, he's looking like he's in a real struggle to keep his composure. He eventually punched him in the groin and told him to leave, a reasonably mild response.
* NoOSHACompliance: A literal example, when the shop manager chews a co-worker out for taking time to lock out a machine for maintenance, Reznik quotes the regulations to him, the manager tells him to "write your Congressman." Later,[[spoiler: Later, [[spoiler: the same co-worker is fixing a machine machine, when Reznik accidentally turns it on and it rips his arm off.]] TruthInTelevision all too often, especially for small shops with tight profit margins looking for ways to cut corners.
* NoteToSelf: The sticky notes, including the [[spoiler:hangman [[spoiler: hangman game, which he should have written himself]].
himself.]]
* NothingButSkinAndBones: Reznik has become a walking corpse over the years [[spoiler:due [[spoiler: due to repressed guilt slowly driving him insane.]]



* PetTheDog: Trevor appears to have a soft spot for kids. [[spoiler:Which only serves to make TheReveal [[DownerEnding even more painful.]]]]

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* PetTheDog: Trevor appears to have a soft spot for kids. [[spoiler:Which [[spoiler: Which only serves to make TheReveal [[DownerEnding even more painful.]]]]



* {{Retraux}}: Roque Baños's score is noticeably anachronistic, owing a lot to, in particular, Bernard Herrmann.
* TheReveal: Happens gradually throughout the film, instead of all at once: [[spoiler: Reznik once killed a young boy, drove on instead of stopping to help and is now going insane with repressed guilt. Marie and her son Nicholas are his mind's representations of the family he destroyed this way. Ivan is his view of himself.]]
* RuleOfThree: Trevor fills in the game of Hangman twice before finding the right answer. Additionally, on three occasions Trevor is faced with a choice between turning left and turning right: the first two times he turns left, the last time right.
* SanitySlippage: Although Trevor Reznik had been acting odd ever since [[spoiler:he kills the boy]], when he starts harassing and assaulting everyone around him in a paranoid conviction that they are all out to get him you can tell he has finally completely cracked.

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* {{Retraux}}: Roque Baños's Baños' score is noticeably anachronistic, owing a lot to, in particular, Bernard Herrmann.
* TheReveal: Happens gradually throughout the film, instead of all at once: [[spoiler: Reznik once killed a young boy, drove on instead of stopping to help help, and is now going insane with repressed guilt. Marie and her son Nicholas are his mind's representations of the family he destroyed this way. Ivan is his view of himself.]]
* RuleOfThree: Trevor fills in the game of Hangman twice before finding the right answer. Additionally, on three occasions Trevor is faced with a choice between turning left and turning right: the The first two times he turns left, the last time right.
* SanitySlippage: Although Trevor Reznik had been acting odd ever since [[spoiler:he [[spoiler: he kills the boy]], when he starts harassing harassing, and assaulting everyone around him in a paranoid conviction conviction, that they are all out to get him him, you can tell he has finally completely cracked.



* {{Sampling}}: Reznik's line in the bathtub ("You know so little about me... What if I turn to a werewolf or something?") was used in the [[ManicStreetPreachers Manic Street Preacher]] song "Peeled Apples."
* ShoutOut: To Creator/ChuckPalahniuk and Creator/FyodorDostoevsky. ... It's that kind of film.
** "No one's ever died from insomnia" is a direct quote from ''Film/FightClub''.

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* {{Sampling}}: Reznik's line in the bathtub ("You know so little about me... What if I turn to a werewolf or something?") was used in the [[ManicStreetPreachers Manic Street Preacher]] Music/ManicStreetPreachers song "Peeled Apples."
* ShoutOut: To Creator/ChuckPalahniuk and Creator/FyodorDostoevsky. ... It's that kind of film.
** "No one's ever died from insomnia" is a direct quote from ''Film/FightClub''.''Film/FightClub.''



** The closeup of a coffee cup at Marie's bar is an obvious ShoutOut to ''Film/TaxiDriver'', which has ''many'' things in common with ''The Machinist''. ([[spoiler: Criminally]] insane insomniac falls for a woman, messes up, then tries to rescue a pretty young prostitute from her job.)
** And "Trevor Reznik" intentionally sounds like "[[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]]".

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** The closeup of a coffee cup at Marie's bar is an obvious ShoutOut to ''Film/TaxiDriver'', ''Film/TaxiDriver,'' which has ''many'' things in common with ''The Machinist''. Machinist.'' ([[spoiler: Criminally]] insane insomniac falls for a woman, messes up, then tries to rescue a pretty young prostitute from her job.)
** And "Trevor Reznik" intentionally sounds like "[[Music/NineInchNails Trent Reznor]]".Reznor]]."



* SpecialThanks: To Bale's wife Sandra "Sibi" Blazic presumably for not trying to have her husband committed and just generally standing by her man while he disappeared before her eyes
* StoppedClock: Throughout the movie Trevor will notice when it is 1:30. At the airport the "local" clock is frozen at 1:30 and flickers back and forth between seconds. [[spoiler:The reason is revealed in a {{flashback}} sequence towards the end when we see that the fateful hit and run happens at 1:30 pm. The frozen clock time is a symbol for Trevor being stuck in the past since this traumatic event.]]

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* SpecialThanks: To Bale's wife Sandra "Sibi" Blazic Blazic, presumably for not trying to have her husband committed committed, and just generally standing by her man while he disappeared before her eyes
eyes.
* StoppedClock: Throughout the movie Trevor will notice when it is 1:30. At the airport the "local" clock is frozen at 1:30 1:30, and flickers back and forth between seconds. [[spoiler:The [[spoiler: The reason is revealed in a {{flashback}} sequence towards the end end, when we see that the fateful hit and run happens at 1:30 pm.PM. The frozen clock time is a symbol for Trevor being stuck in the past since this traumatic event.]]



* ThisBedOfRoses: Trevor Reznik is cared for Stevie, the hooker whom he frequently visits, after his paranoia becomes too much. Unfortunately, he eventually believes that she's out to get him as well and drives her away.

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* ThisBedOfRoses: Trevor Reznik is cared for Stevie, the hooker whom he frequently visits, after his paranoia becomes too much. Unfortunately, he eventually believes that she's out to get him as well well, and drives her away.
3rd Jan '16 10:36:59 AM spirasen
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''The Machinist'' is a 2004 film starring Creator/ChristianBale, directed by Brad Anderson (of ''Film/{{Session 9}}'' fame). It's one part KafkaKomedy and two parts surrealist drama, playing on themes from (and, at times, directly quoting from) ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', ''Film/TaxiDriver'', ''Film/FightClub'', and GermanExpressionism.

Trevor Reznik suffers from a severe case of insomnia: he claims that he hasn't slept in a year. He spends his days ignoring his landlady and compulsively washing his hands with bleach. He enjoys his regular visits to a sweet prostitute girl named Stevie, who absolutely adores him, and he finds a little bit of romance with airport bar waitress and single mom Marie. During the day, Reznik works at a factory where he sleepily operates heavy machinery. When the inevitable happens and someone's arm gets torn off, Reznik ends up in a emotionally destructive downward spiral and quickly starts losing his mind.

The film very deliberately references the stories that it's based on and aims to be a collage of different techniques and atmospheres. To achieve this, it combines {{Chiaroscuro}} visuals with a musical score and camera techniques that evoke the 1950s, creating a kind of AnachronismStew of editing methods. Bale's performance is an absolute ''tour de force'', and the end result is a haunting, gorgeous film that tells its story in a clever-yet-familiar way.

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''The Machinist'' is a 2004 film starring Creator/ChristianBale, directed by Brad Anderson (of ''Film/{{Session 9}}'' fame). It's one part KafkaKomedy and two parts surrealist drama, playing on themes from (and, at times, directly quoting from) ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'', ''Film/TaxiDriver'', ''Film/FightClub'', ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment,'' ''Film/TaxiDriver,'' ''Film/FightClub,'' and GermanExpressionism.

Trevor Reznik suffers from a severe case of insomnia: he He claims that he hasn't slept in a year. He spends his days ignoring his landlady and compulsively washing his hands with bleach. He enjoys his regular visits to a sweet prostitute girl named Stevie, who absolutely adores him, and he finds a little bit of romance with airport bar waitress and single mom Marie. During the day, Reznik works at a factory where he sleepily operates heavy machinery. When the inevitable happens and someone's arm gets torn off, Reznik ends up in a emotionally destructive downward spiral spiral, and quickly starts losing his mind.

The film very deliberately references the stories that it's based on and aims to be a collage of different techniques and atmospheres. To achieve this, it combines {{Chiaroscuro}} visuals with a musical score and camera techniques that evoke the 1950s, 1950's, creating a kind of AnachronismStew of editing methods. Bale's performance is an absolute ''tour de force'', force,'' and the end result is a haunting, gorgeous film that tells its story in a clever-yet-familiar clever yet familiar way.
3rd Jan '16 10:32:30 AM spirasen
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* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Trevor Reznik is psychologically and psysically decaying from a past incident which he has mentally suppressed. [[spoiler:He accidentally ran over a small boy with his car, but fled the scene to escape the consequences. He has since become an emaciated husk and suffered a psychotic break due to the guilt driving him mad.]]

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* TraumaInducedAmnesia: Trevor Reznik is psychologically and psysically physically decaying from a past incident which he has mentally suppressed. [[spoiler:He [[spoiler: He accidentally ran over a small boy with his car, but fled the scene to escape the consequences. He has since become an emaciated husk and suffered a psychotic break due to the guilt driving him mad.]]



* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: InUniverse, the amusement park ride, which depicts mutilated corpses and silhouetted sexual acts. Subverted as [[spoiler: it's all a hallucination]].

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* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: InUniverse, the amusement park ride, which depicts mutilated corpses corpses, and silhouetted sexual acts. Subverted as [[spoiler: it's all a hallucination]].
hallucination.]]
20th Dec '15 12:14:42 PM eroock
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* StoppedClock: Throughout the movie Trevor will notice when it is 1:30. At the airport the "local" clock is frozen at 1:30 and flickers back and forth between seconds. [[spoiler:The reason is revealed in a {{flashback}} sequence towards the end when we see that the fateful hit and run happens at 1:30 pm. The frozen clock time is a symbol for Trevor being stuck in the past since this traumatic event.]]
27th Nov '15 1:54:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* The theme park's tunnel of horror depicts scenes from Reznik's pivotal car accident.

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* ** The theme park's tunnel of horror depicts scenes from Reznik's pivotal car accident.
27th Oct '15 6:18:26 PM eroock
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* The theme park's tunnel of horror depicts scenes from Reznik's pivotal car accident.
27th Jun '15 4:37:57 PM fgenzo159
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* FreezeFrameBonus: Reznik is following Ivan in the tunnel, whose license plate is CRN 743. Then he almost smash into a camper, and slows down. [[spoiler: His plate is briefly seen : [[SdrawkcabName NRC 347]], foreshadowing Ivan is himself.]]

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* FreezeFrameBonus: When Reznik is following follows Ivan in the tunnel, whose he spells the license plate is plate, CRN 743.743, to report it later to the police. Then he almost smash into a camper, and slows down. [[spoiler: His own plate is briefly seen : [[SdrawkcabName NRC 347]], foreshadowing Ivan is himself.]]
27th Jun '15 4:32:41 PM fgenzo159
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** The license plates. See FreezeFrameBonus.
* FreezeFrameBonus: Reznik is following Ivan in the tunnel, whose license plate is CRN 743. Then he almost smash into a camper, and slows down. [[spoiler: His plate is briefly seen : [[SdrawkcabName NRC 347]], foreshadowing Ivan is himself.]]
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