Movie – American Psycho [REVIEW] – No Introduction Necessary

IMDb Rating: 7,6/10
Genres: Crime, Drama
Director: Mary Harron
Writers: Bret Easton Ellis, Mary Harron
Stars: Christian Bale, Justin Theroux, Josh Lucas

This is “American Psycho,” directed by Mary Harron, a woman who tries to adopt a blood yet serial killing novel by Bret Easton Ellis. A movie tells about a psychopath who always kills a person he meets just to fulfill his satisfaction and hobby which he really loves it. A cult-classic which took a few inspiration from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho” with the same name main characters, same personality which wasn’t much different from the two characters. Certainly, I always watch movies about psychopaths, sociopaths, and things related to them both about a disorder and mental illness and now, this is “American Psycho” about a narcissistic and nihilistic who doesn’t run away from a satire yet dark comedy.

Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with. At night he descends into madness, as he experiments with fear and violence.

Source: IMDb


Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman is a narcissistic who is so proud of himself, a perfect man but a few things which make him want to achieve what he doesn’t have from other people in any way, he would take it even though he must kill the person. When someone hides their desire for his real personality, what do you think about the person? It could be, they have a lot around you even your friends or one of your family, or maybe, even yourself which you never realize it. Just like in this movie, who is Patrick Bateman? Because the movie is played by Christian Bale, it just might be a coincidence that he fill-in Batman from “Batman Begins” the next 5 years after “American Psycho.” Mary Harron seemed to take an inspiration from “Psycho” because it was too close with the two movies from the use of the main character’s name, the story, and the concept that it introduced. It’s cheered if Norman Bates didn’t realize a monster inside himself at the end of the movie while Patrick Bateman was more directed towards someone who was full of imagination to himself.


Patrick Bateman reminded me of the narrator from “Fight Club” who almost had the same nihilistic delusion characteristics. Patrick and the narrator are the two people who are so attentive to the small things in him starting from the apartment where they lived in, the things they had, and the clothes they had to wear. Even if they didn’t feel missing, there is a weird feeling inside them that they have to fix it as soon as possible. Patrick Bateman is also a person who has such a perfect life but that doesn’t make him so established unless he has to fill his days with a lot of busyness. Therefore, he works in a company so that he looks like a rich businessman in eternal life. In this case, this is just like a satire which isn’t straightforward to the person but so offensive even though it’s in humorously way. Just like the first opening sequence which shows Patrick’s daily life routine in exercise, the objects he used, an antic equipment, to the 80s classic rock music such as Phil Collins and Huey Lewis & the News.


Patrick Bateman also seems to be a representation of an envy from things that it wore by his co-workers. When he saw that, he wanted to reach it like a lunatic fringe who didn’t think of himself by killing the person. It’s about a fetish which makes killing people as a hobby every day, hanging the dead body, putting their victim’s head in the refrigerator, in the bathroom, and etc. He just loves doing that without any obvious reason why he can do things like that. Kill the people he encounters, kill animals, kill a hooker after he sex with them, kill a homeless, and even his friends. Just like a scene when Christian Bale ran in his hall apartment being naked, only using sneakers, with carrying a chainsaw. It’s dark yet funny. Just as Christian Bale’s performance in this movie that is so narcissistic, an insane person who is full of desire wants to fulfill his ego.


The movie opens with a lot of interpretation. It’s not a twist because I didn’t feel that and there are many clues held in this movie. At the end of the movie, “American Psycho” suddenly changed my statement to be a satirical movie to a person who was full of fantasies in his mind when someone who failed to fulfill his desires, he preferred to make his own world where little by little somewhat drowned in his imagination. Just like Patrick Bateman who wants to be involved in such a world, an identity which is so identical to the people around him, someone who pretends to want to join the circle. It’s like he accomplished to understand himself and said:

“No new knowledge can be extracted from my telling. This confession has meant nothing.”


This movie works very well when talking about the score. Even though this movie doesn’t really drive to the thriller, John Cale’s score in this movie is such a terrifying that gives viewers a nightmare. The used of the music is also mostly a mainstream music in the 80s which made this movie actually didn’t lead to the thriller element. Apart from this movie included so many insinuations with explicit content, the actors gave their best performance. Christian Bale, which I don’t know why he didn’t get a nomination or an Oscar award in this movie it’s an insane douchebag character. He gave the best performance that I had never expected in each movie that I had watched from his characteristics, his two personalities, his narcissistic, envy, and others complex nature. In essence, this movie is not intended for everyone except you can understand the satires other than the explicit content which isn’t too clearly illustrated.

4 Star

One word I want to say in this movie: edgy. “American Psycho” is full of various satires that occur to people who are wearing a mask. Sure, there are so many explicit contents which are not really shown thanks to Mary Harron who is not too focused on it, Christian Bale’s insane performance, and an ending that opens many interpretations. This is one of the movies with a solid concept but be able to describe and show a human obsession full of passion and perfection in him. Not recommended for all because this is an R-rated movie. Now, I have to return some videotapes.

n.b: Because tomorrow is the Eid al-Adha especially in Indonesia, happy Eid al-Adha for those of you who glorify it. May God bless us and all of you.


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