History Film / TheMachinist

24th Nov '17 5:50:04 PM Wyvern76
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* BloodyHorror: Reznik is an anorexic insomniac who works heavy machinery. While, working at the factory, he accidentally makes a machine rip somebody's arm off. And ''then'', he hallucinates about a man who has an equally mutilated hand, with his thumb replaced by a toe. Not to mention he has a refrigerator overflowing with blood, [[spoiler: but it's only rotten fish]].

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* BloodyHorror: Reznik is an anorexic insomniac who works heavy machinery. While, working at the factory, he accidentally makes a machine rip somebody's arm off. And ''then'', he hallucinates about a man who has an equally mutilated hand, with his thumb index finger replaced by a toe. Not to mention he has a refrigerator overflowing with blood, [[spoiler: but it's only rotten fish]].



* FanDisservice: Reznik's body, which has suffered from years of borderline starvation.

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* FanDisservice: Reznik's body, which has suffered from years a year of borderline starvation.



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



** 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 only in his imagination.]]

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** Trevor has the exact same conversation with Stevie (a call girl) and with Maria late later on. This is a clue that [[spoiler: Maria doesn't exist and only in his imagination.]]



* 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, tried real hard to let it pass, and not bear a grudge. He welcomed Reznik to his 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: 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.

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Reznik, being becoming increasingly unstable, being acts like a {{Jerkass}} to Stevie and Miller. The latter was is a particularly cringe inducing example, cringe-inducing example; the man lost his ''arm'' because of Reznik's sleepiness, yet tried real really hard to let it pass, and not bear a grudge. He welcomed welcomes Reznik to his property, and when Reznik verbally assaulted assaults him due to his paranoia, he's looking he looks like he's in a real struggle struggling to keep his composure. He eventually punched punches him in the groin and told tells him to leave, a reasonably mild response.
* NoOSHACompliance: A literal example, example; when the shop manager chews a co-worker coworker out for taking time to lock out a machine for maintenance, Reznik quotes the regulations to him, and the manager tells him to "write your Congressman." Later, [[spoiler: the same co-worker coworker 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.



* NothingButSkinAndBones: Reznik has become a walking corpse over the years [[spoiler: due to repressed guilt slowly driving him insane.]]

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* NothingButSkinAndBones: Reznik has become a walking corpse over the years past year [[spoiler: due to repressed guilt slowly driving him insane.]]



* {{Retraux}}: Roque 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, 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.]]

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* {{Retraux}}: Roque Baños' score is noticeably anachronistic, owing a lot to, in particular, to Bernard Herrmann.
Herrmann in particular.
* 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 Maria and her son Nicholas are his mind's representations of the family he destroyed this way. Ivan is his view of himself.]]



* 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.
* ScaryBlackMan: Jones.

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* SanitySlippage: Although Trevor Reznik had been acting odd ever since [[spoiler: he kills killed 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, you can tell he has finally completely cracked.
* ScaryBlackMan: Jones.
cracked.



** 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.)

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** 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]] ([[spoiler:Criminally]] insane insomniac falls for a woman, messes up, then tries to rescue a pretty young prostitute from her job.)



* 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 by 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.



* 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.]]
2nd Sep '17 1:56:47 PM Saveelich
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To play Reznik, Christian Bale famously [[DyeingForYourArt lost 28 kg (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/{{Batman|Begins}} (before losing weight ''again'' to appear in ''Film/TheFighter.'')

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To play Reznik, Christian Bale famously [[DyeingForYourArt lost 28 kg (63 lbs)]] to look like an emaciated shell of a man. He described the experience of near starvation as strangely peaceful. After About six months after that harrowing experience, Bale bulked up to truly superheroic dimensions to play Film/{{Batman|Begins}} (before losing weight ''again'' to appear in ''Film/TheFighter.'')
2nd Sep '17 1:55:46 PM Saveelich
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To play Reznik, Christian Bale famously [[DyeingForYourArt lost 28 kg (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 28 kg (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]] Film/{{Batman|Begins}} (before losing weight ''again'' to appear in ''Film/TheFighter.'')
9th May '17 4:50:48 PM benda
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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.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: BittersweetEnding: A rare example when [[spoiler: Trevor will be spending putting an entirely sympathetic character in prison for a long time doesn't make the foreseeable future in prison, but he's ending downer one, since this very act allows him to finally come to terms with what he did, did and began begin on the long road to psychological recovery.]]
28th Apr '17 9:01:13 PM Mdumas43073
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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, one part thriller, and two parts surrealist drama, playing on themes from (and, at times, directly quoting from) ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment,'' ''Film/TaxiDriver,'' ''Film/FightClub,'' and GermanExpressionism.

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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, one part psychological thriller, and two parts surrealist drama, playing on themes from (and, at times, directly quoting from) ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment,'' ''Film/TaxiDriver,'' ''Film/FightClub,'' and GermanExpressionism.
28th Apr '17 9:00:43 PM Mdumas43073
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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.

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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 KafkaKomedy, one part thriller, and two parts surrealist drama, playing on themes from (and, at times, directly quoting from) ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment,'' ''Film/TaxiDriver,'' ''Film/FightClub,'' and GermanExpressionism.
27th Feb '17 9:15:09 AM Satakieli
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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]] 28 kg (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.'')
12th Dec '16 8:13:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Bizarrely [[InvertedTrope inverted]]. The film is set in California, and it was shot entirely near Barcelona.
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
!! This
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:
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