Director Mary Harron slyly distills Bret Easton Ellis’ controversial novel down to its satirical essence, using the conventions of the slasher film to explore the sociological horrors of 1980s America. Christian Bale is hilarious, charming and disturbing as an upwardly mobile yuppie who goes on a killing spree - the logical extension of his desire to consume everything in sight. With a terrific 1980s soundtrack, a visual style of Kubrickian precision, and an ensemble that includes Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon and Jared Leto, this is a literary adaptation that is fully worthy of its source.
Guy Pearce is Leonard Shelby, a man with no short-term memory and in search of his wife’s killer. He uses Polaroids, tattoos - even hand-scrawled notes - to remember not only clues about the murder but also aspects of his identity. Unfolding in mind-boggling fragmentary fashion, this tense noir has a sting in its scorpion tail. With Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano.
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