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machinist the 1S Rating 4 out of 5


  • Brad Anderson


  • Christian Bale
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh
  • Michael Ironside
  • John Sharian
  • Aitana Sanchez-Gijon


Christian Bale shed a frightening 63 pounds to play the cadaverous lathe operator whose past is haunting him with a vengeance in a psychological nightmare that grips like a vice. Director Brad Anderson gets the balance between harsh reality and blurry mystery mind-blowingly right with this precision-tooled, finely calibrated triumph. Watch the sparks fly.

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