Bret Easton Ellis's dark and violent satire of America in the 1980s is brought to the screen in this unsettling drama with blackly comic overtones. Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale), the son of a wealthy Wall Street financier, is pursuing his own lucrative career with his father's firm. Bateman is the prototypical yuppie, obsessed with success, fashion, and style. He is also a serial killer who murders, rapes, and mutilates both strangers and acquaintances without provocation or reason. Donald Kimble (Willem Dafoe), a police detective, questions Bateman about the disappearance of Paul Allen (Jared Leto), whom Patrick murdered several days earlier. As Kimble stays on Bateman's trail, Bateman's mask of studied, distant cool begins to fall apart. American Psycho also features Reese Witherspoon as Bateman's girlfriend, as well as Samantha Mathis, Chloe Sevigny, and Guinevere Turner; the latter also co-authored the screenplay. Controversy followed the production from the start, when speculation that Leonardo Di Caprio would play Bateman sparked concerns that he would lure preteens to an R-rated movie. Di Caprio soon bowed out of the project, and original leading man Bale was reinstated. Later, a group of Toronto residents attempted to block filming in that city after Canadian serial killer Paul Bernardo claimed that Ellis's novel inspired his murder spree.~Mark Deming
Well, I finally got around to seeing this movie and it was crazy! I think it was brilliantly executed. It had some funny moments and the Wall Street satire was spot on. A perfect blend of delusion and psychopathic behavior. Christian Bale was phenomenal in this. Excellent looking 4K and the SteelBook is fantastic.
I very rarely buy steelbooks, but this is one of the best packaged I have ever seen! I love the clear sleeve with the facial being peeled off as you slide it off the case, and if you look inside the sleeve while holding it up to the light you can see "feed me a stray cat" printed on it! The back of the case has Patrick holding an axe behind his back, and printed on the inside of the case is his business card, as if the steelbook is his business card holder. Just amazing design overall. Of course the movie is a wonderful classic too!
My only reason for buying this was the slipcover as i already own the normal 4k.
The 4k and audio are the same. The 4k looks quite good, and the audio is very robust.
The story is meant to be told with scathing dark humor and Bale pulls it off nicely. He is a disturbed, detached, amoral character who lacks any self-regret.