“I had all the characteristics of a human being—flesh, blood, skin, hair—but my depersonalization was so intense, had gone so deep, that my normal ability to feel compassion had been eradicated, the victim of a slow, purposeful erasure. I was simply imitating reality, a rough resemblance of a human being, with only a dim corner of my mind functioning.”
“No, I’m in touch with humanity.”
Some people might be offended by this movie because of its bizarre story. It is weird, and has disturbing subject matter – but the director Mary Harron is genius at pulling it off in a satirical way.
It stars Christian Bale, who gives the best performance of his career in my opinion. His character, Patrick Bateman, is a psychopath yet he portrays him so effortlessly. Coincidence? Bale is brilliant at making an unlikable character fascinating to watch.
Bateman lives a lavish lifestyle. He goes out to the best restaurants in town, has shallow but equally rich friends, and a fiancée Evelyn (Reese Witherspoon) who is completely oblivious to who he is: a murderer.
It appears to be a hobby that he can’t control, and besides this need, he enjoys horrible 80’s music which he hilariously describes, and keeping himself in perfect shape.
Bateman does insane things. Throughout the movie he has a strange and violent threesome with two prostitutes, breaks down over business cards and attempts to kill his coworker whose cards he prefers, invites his secretary over and attempts to kill her, tries to put a cat into an ATM machine..
Lisa Alspector of the Chicago Reader says, “The slick satire cleverly equates materialism, narcissism, misogyny, and classism with homicide, but you may laugh so loud at the protagonist that you won’t be able to hear yourself laughing with him.”
I agree with that.
Here’s my favourite scene.
It is a bit of a “creepy” movie, but it’s worth checking out.