(out of 5)
Eighties materialism, fascination with psychotics and sexual frustrations of all kinds have been dealt with many times before this and in many better ways. Mary Harron’s latest does, however, have Christian Bale‘s dead-on performance as Bret Easton Ellis’ titular hero/villain, and some nifty production design. The film received controversial attention from activists and censors for its graphic violence and glorification of serial killers, but in the end it was all much ado about nothing: there isn’t enough resembling humanity to be offensive, and it’s all undone by an ending that renders the entire film completely invalid. Samantha Mathis gives a terrifyingly good performance as a dope fiend who provides Bale with a regular friend.
Directed by Mary Harron
Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula
Music by John Cale
Production Design by Gideon Ponte
Costume Design by Isis Mussenden
Film Editing by Andrew Marcus