Directed by: Mary Harron
Starring: Christian Bale (Patrick Bateman), Chloe Sevigny (Jean), Jared Leto (Paul Allen), Reese Witherspoon (Evelyn), Samantha Mathis (Courtney), Josh Lucas (McDermott), Justin Theroux (Bryce)
Country: United States, Canada
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Genres: Sexual-Violence against Women, Serial Killers
Plot – Spoilers:
Patrick Bateman is an investment banker into ‘mergers and acquisitions’ or ‘murders and executions’ as he likes to call it. He has fantasies of killing people, mostly women, which he sometimes appears to act on.
The trigger for a killing could be a stray comment, an attitude to life he doesn’t approve of, or simply envy. We follow Bateman through his empty life where colleagues don’t even care to remember each other’s names – a vacuum Bateman attempts to fill through his murders and narcissistic indulgences. He also is most likely closeted gay and loves to expound on the intricacies of ’80s pop music – sadly for him, the only people he feels confident enough to do so with, are potential victims or hookers. Bateman is pleading to be punished and redeemed in a world that couldn’t be bothered enough to even chastise him.
The Huey Lewis scene with the axe features a hilarious performance from Christian Bale apart from the ‘check em’ moment.