scene_149.jpgThe extra creepy devotion to your craft award goes to Christian Bale in the film The Machinist. He dropped an amazing 63 pounds and played the role of the insane insomniac Trevor Reznik at an unhealthy 110 pounds. The film is certainly gripping in that it definitely keeps you wondering just what the heck is going on. I have been a fan of Bale since Empire of the Sun. The only downside to this movie was the director’s need to reinforce visuals to make sure that the audience “got it.”

Some of the acting is pretty lame, but Bale, Michael Ironside, and Jennifer Jason Leigh all do a really good job.

Bale must have went from starvation to some sort of crazy bodybuilding routine immediately following this film as his next big project was the upcoming Batman Begins – but I guess the suit can compensate quite a bit.

RATING 7 out of 10