American Psycho

American Psycho ★★★½

A young and successful investment banker becomes increasingly bored and frustrated with the shallowness of the people in his social circle. He feels an increasing urge for murder and it doesn't take long for him to start killing people in the most grisly ways possible.

Fascinating, if uneven, character study of a yuppie in the 80s when self-interest and egotism ruled the day. The satire is on point and the characters while certainly exaggerated are still engaging. With the exception of Patrick's secretary everyone else is a detestable, self-conceited individual that earns our contempt without much difficulty.
Unfortunately, while the film works greatly for the first two acts, it overplays its hand on the third, to the point where it's inevitable for viewers to accept what they see as nothing more but figments of Bateman's imagination. The final scene tries to restore some ambiguity but by then it's too little, too late.

Christian Bale excels in a role that could easily embarrass a less talented thespian. It's no coincidence that this film made him a bona fide Hollywood star and opened the door for the not too dissimilar part of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Chloe Sevigny and Willem Dafoe are understated as the only other characters with significant screen-time.

While "American Psycho" has undoubtedly its issues, it's compelling cinema. It's bold and unique, and it won't be easily forgotten by those who give it a chance.

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