I must say that after looking forward to watching The Machinist for so long that after finally watching it I was a little disapointed. (Spoiler Alert Ahead!) Overall it was an entertaining and enjoyable film, but quite frankly I am sick of the schizophrenia / multiple personality disorder plot-line. It's an overused cliche used in films today. It seems as though every movie that wants to be a phychological thriller anymore puts some form of schizophrenia in its storyline. It's true that it all made sense that this would all happen to a man who hadn't slept in a year, but I for one expected a little more out of the writer of The Machinist to come up with something a little more original than multiple personality disorder for a man who hadn't slept in a year.
With all that said, I think the rest of the movie was marvelous. The acting in particular. Christian Bale has easliy jumped to my watch list with his performance here. It doesn't hurt that I saw him the night before in Batman Begins and witnessed such contrasting perfromances. Furthermore, how can you argue anything but a spectacular peformance when a man loses 60+ pounds for a role. He looked near death to me. Although it wasn't just his weight loss that did the trick, he fully portrayed a man that seemed to have not slept in a year to me. I was also very impressed with the rest of the cast, particularly Jennifer Jason Leigh. I feel that the movie had a good overall effect at portraying insomnia. If it weren't for the schizoprenia-laced plot line I would have like the movie much more. Even so, it still gets a high rating.